Don’t fear skyscrapers, Dodoma needs more of them

03Feb 2017
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Don’t fear skyscrapers, Dodoma needs more of them

AS government shifts its seat from City of Dar es Salaam to Dodoma Municipality by 2020, residents have urged to expect more high-rise office and commercial buildings as they have space to accommodate more people.

Currently, Dodoma is struggling to accommodate an influx of people especially government officials as more ministries, departments and agencies shift their headquarters to the central town.

ARDHI University (ARU) Senior Lecturer, Professor Alphonce Kyessy said Dodoma has no option but to embrace multi-storey buildings to accommodate as many people as possible within its squeezed area and limited time available.

“If we will have enough high-rise buildings, definitely there will be enough new homes, offices and commercial space to meet the existing demand in the designated capital city,” Prof Kyessy noted.

He pointed out that unlike Dar es Salaam which has over 70 percent of settlements as slums, Dodoma has a very good master-plan which simply needs strict adherence by authorities to check against indiscriminate building of structures.

“The authorities should be strict to ensure that the city should be built according to the good master-plan which accommodates skyscrapers,” Prof Kyessy stressed.

He also urged the private sector to go and invest in Dodoma and neighbouring regions to utilize the available opportunity. “There are some people who want to buy residential flats or skyscrapers for business purposes, the private sector should invest here,” the Ardhi University lecturer noted.

President John Magufuli announced mid last year after being handed over the ruling p[arty national chairmanship that his entire government will relocate to Dodoma by 2020 fulfilling a long time dream of the country’s founding father, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Winding up the National Assembly proceedings last year in September, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, said the plan will be implemented in five phases, the first involving his office, cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries who should be in Dodoma by the end of this month.

“Between March and August it will be a grace period for various executives in ministries and agencies to participate in 2016/17 budget planning,” Majaliwa who relocated to Dodoma last month, said.

“Between September and February 2018, the ministries and agencies will proceed with shifting their remaining staff while the final phase will be September to February 2020 involving the office of the president and the vice president,” Majaliwa said.

The prime minister advised government ministries and departments to swiftly convert all their paper work into electronic documents saying “Dodoma will be an electronic capital.”

Decision to shift the country’s capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma was made in 1973 through a referendum. As a result, Capital Development Authority was immediately established.