Friday, January 27, 2017

Health ministry to move to Dodoma within two week’s time

Ministry of Health, Com munity Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has announced it will officially move to Dodoma in 14 days time from Wednesday this week. The idea is in a heed to President John Magufuli’s executive order that requires administrative duties be shifted from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital city. At least the prime minister with all ministers as well as their permanent secretaries under him has moved to Dodoma, after his announcement late last year. The Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Mjaliwa, moved to Dodoma late September, last year and that opened a great mass exodus of government officers to the city. 

An aerial view of Dodoma central business district.

“We will officially move to our new office in Dodoma in two weeks’ time and also announced the kind of service which will be offered in Dar es Salaam and the ones in Dodoma ... the office of the Minister, Deputy and the Permanent Secretary will be here,” Minister Ummy Mwalimu, said at a national health workshop held in Dodoma early this week while addressing a group of health providers and stakeholders who were meeting her. Reports in Dar es Salaam about the ‘migration details’ between March and August, this year, state that this is a grace period for the ministries’ executives to plan and allocate bud- gets and finances which will en- able them transfer their officials to the capital city without major problems. Between September and February, next year, the minis- tries will continue to move their departments and staff to the new capital. “Between March and June 2020, the President’s Office and Vice-President’s Office will officially move to Dodoma,” Mr Majaliwa told the National Assembly last year. The minister in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr George Simbachawene is already in Dodoma.

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