SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday allocated
land to foreign missions and international organizations
for their offices and residences in the east African
nation’s capital of Dodoma.
handled 62 free title deeds for the construction of the
foreign missions and five title deeds for international
organizations accredited to Tanzania to facilitate their
shift to the new capital.
Magufuli said the shift to Dodoma was part of the
government’s initiative to honor the dreams championed
by the founding father of the nation, Julius Nyerere.
He said the allocation of five hectares of land to
each foreign mission amounted to showing how Tanzania
valued and honored the long cooperation with development
"Sincerely the cooperation between Tanzania and
development partners is there to stay and I am here to
cement that cooperation to," said President Magufuli.
Some of the embassies that received the title deeds
were the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, France and
Kenya, and international organizations including the
International Labour Organization (ILO), the United
Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the
African Development Bank (AfDB).
The President assured the foreign missions that
Dodoma has conducive environment including security and
access to the basic social services.
"The Vice-President and the Prime Minister have
already moved to Dodoma.
"Almost all ministers and other senior government
officials are already in Dodoma.
"I have planned to shift to Dodoma before the end of
this year and I don’t want to leave you behind in Dar es
Salaam," Magufuli told the envoys.
In 2016, President Magufuli announced that he will
ensure that his government moved to the centrally
located capital of Dodoma before the end of his first
five-year term in 2020.
In 1973, the Tanzanian government announced that the
capital would be moved from Dar es Salaam to a more
central location to better serve the needs of the
In the same year, the government under the leadership
of founding President Julius Nyerere, decided to shift
its capital city from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, when it
was envisaged that the move would take 10 years, and
that the cost could be justified when set against a
But four decades later the move could not be
implemented on various reasons, including poor
infrastructure and economic difficulties.
Tanzania’s Dodoma wine industry is
the second largest producer of Sub-Saharan Africa