Namibian Embassy in Tanzania ready to relocate to Dodoma

26 Sep 2017 15:20pm
OSHAKATI, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – One year after Tanzanian President John Magufuli vowed to shift the entire government from Dar-es-Salaam to the country’s capital Dodoma, the Namibian High Commission is still waiting for infrastructure to be made available for relocation.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephone interview on Tuesday, Namibian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Theresia Samaria said Namibia has supported and appreciated President Magufuli's stance on shifting the government to Dodoma, however the High Commission would not be moving as soon as expected.
“The embassy will only be relocating once the Tanzanian government is ready with the upgraded infrastructure in Dodoma in which our embassy will be located,” Samaria said.
Although the Tanzanian government has already been relocated to the country’s capital Dodoma, the Namibian Embassy has to wait until infrastructure is made available before it can relocate.
Samaria who went to inspect the town earlier this year said the embassy will be ready to start the relocation process as soon as the Tanzanian government decides to allocate them the piece of land on which to build the embassy and residential houses for its staff.
In an article published in the country’s The Citizen last week, the country said the land where embassies will be relocated has already been allocated and the area will be ready for development by next month.
The article further says the Ministry of Land and Human Settlement Development in the country has already been tasked with the designing of the buildings.
Samaria was quoted as saying the presence of a university in Dodoma will provide an opportunity for the Namibian embassy staff to develop themselves academically.