Lawmakers pass resolution to make Dodoma city govt’s working centre

10Jun 2020
Francis Kajubi
The Guardian
Lawmakers pass resolution to make Dodoma city govt’s working centre

​​​​​​​MEMBERS of Parliament have passed the resolution to make Dodoma city the central government’s working centre.

Nyamagana MP, Stanslaus Mabula.

The lawmakers also agreed not to amend the passed resolutions in the future.

Presenting the resolutions on Monday, Nyamagana MP, Stanslaus Mabula asked the lawmakers to agree on decisions that no person will in future override the citizens' decision to make Dodoma the capital city and centre of the government activities.

“The parliament requires the government and its institutions not to transfer government activities from Dodoma to any other part of the country, the government should continue allocating sufficient funds to improve and maintain infrastructures of the Dodoma capital,” said Mabula.

The process of transferring the central government activities to the capital Dodoma has been concluded with the Dodoma region being promoted to city status, with the enactment of the Dodoma Capital City (Declaration) Act, 2018).

In the early 1970s the government initiated the process by involving citizens to propose a region that would become the country's capital. As a result of that involvement, many citizens supported the idea of Dodoma being the capital of the country.

In 1973 the First President and founder of the nation, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, declared the city of Dodoma to be centre of the government’s activities

Meanwhile, Misungwi MP, Charles Kitwanga (CCM) asked the parliament to discuss and pass a resolution to congratulate Speaker of the National Assembly, Job Yustino Ndugai on enabling the eleventh assembly to achieve operational goals.

Giving their view to the resolution, MPs praised the House Speaker for transforming operations of the parliament from analogue to e-parliament alongside initiating an idea of using tablets for parliamentary activities to save operational costs.

According to Kitwanga it is estimated that over 100bn/- is expected to be saved from the use of various government ministries and institutions from the use of e-parliament in a period of every five years.

Ministries and public institutions have reduced the expenditure by more than 90 per cent of the production of documents to be submitted to parliamentarians.

According to Kitwanga, the last budget of the tenth parliament for the fiscal year 2015/2016 was approximately 173.77bn/- while the final budget of the eleventh parliament was 121.79bn/-.

“The eleventh parliament has saved 51.98bn/- which was to be used for printing of various documents,” he said.

The expansion of parliamentary meeting venues within the parliamentary structures helped to completely eliminate the costs that were used to rent meeting venues during committee meetings.

Peter Msigwa, Iringa Urban MP (Chadema) was against the second declaration that aimed to praise Speaker Ndugai saying the eleventh parliament has undermined the authorities of the National Assembly.