Dodoma State House works: Non-Tanzanians not eligible

13Jul 2020
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Dodoma State House works: Non-Tanzanians not eligible

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday revealed that the government declined several requests by foreign companies to construct the Chamwino State House in Dodoma, limiting the sensitive works to Tanzanian experts.

Speaking at a party banquet he hosted for delegates of Chama Cha Mapinduzi at the facility whose construction is ongoing, the Head of State said the decision was informed by the fact that the building is a key security establishment.

“It is risky to allow people from outside into your private space because you never know what they can do. This is impossible; allowing your neighbors to come and change beddings in your bedroom may produce negative results, they can even take your wife or daughters," he said.

He said the new State House is designed to be one of the best and biggest presidential palaces the world over.

"Within six months, the construction of the State House will be completed. It will look similar to the (Magogoni) State House in Dar es Salaam,"

Apart from building the State House the government is working to implement various projects towards making Dodoma city unique and attractive.

“We shall soon commence the construction of a110km ring road around the city which will cost over 600bn/-. We are also expanding the Msalato Airport to accommodate bigger planes," he said.

Improvement of Dodoma city will also boost tourism as it is centrally located and close to major tourist attractions and other cities in the country, he said, up-voting the centrally located sprawling urban area for a more clement weather condition compared to Dar es Salaam.

In the next few years, Dodoma will be one of the best and attractive cities in the country, he vowed.

Former Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda commended the good job done by President Magufuli in taking Tanzania's development forward.

He also hailed Dr Hussein Mwinyi for being voted to represent CCM in the presidential race in the Isles.

Joseph Butiku, executive director of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation, said that President Magufuli has restored unity, ethics and patriotism in the party.

"President Magufuli is a hero, his works are incomparable and we should all together support him for the broader interests of our country," Butiku said.

Dr Magufuli retained Samia Suluhu Hassan as his running mate, saying she is hard working and respectful.

The CCM national congress was attended by veteran liberation political parties of China, Vietnam, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. The congress was also attended by leaders of 18 registered political parties.

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