The newly sworn President John Pombe Magufuli confirmed the initiative during his speech, saying he will build the stadium as an honour to people of Dodoma, a region which hosted the opening and climax of his campaign n and finish.
"I love you people of Dodoma, I started my 2020 election campaign here and ended it here, I’m also the first Tanzania President to be sworn in here in Dodoma, as a gesture of love to people of this region,’’ he noted.
“I will build a stadium which will be used for activities...on top of that we will build a ring road here," he said at the function which was held at Jamhuri Stadium in region.
During the campaign period, the Vice-President, Samia Suluhu Hasan, also pledged that the government will build a modern stadium in Morogoro.
Early this year the government disclosed its plans to build the biggest stadium in Dodoma, saying the region needs a modern stadium to suit its status of capital city.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by many top dignitaries from within Africa and beyond.
The presidents who attended the colourful event include President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Zimbabwe President, Emerson Mnangagwa.
During the function, there was a group performance by Bongo Flava musicians including Ali Kiba, Nassib Abdul ‘Diamond Platinumz’, Rajab Abdul ‘Harmonize’ and many others.
Construction of the modern stadium in Dodoma will be a relief to the people of the city who are thirsty for top football action in their region.
Morocco’s government had recently pledged to build a stadium and a sports center in Dodoma, but up to now there is nothing happening, with some sections of soccer fanatics saying that Morocco made the pledge as a campaign for winning votes for its bid to host the 2024 FIFA World Cup.
Jamhuri Stadium, which is in dilapidated state, is a home ground for Vodacom Premier League sides, Dodoma Jiji FC and JKT Tanzania, and it was recently closed by Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) due to its poor state.