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Tanzania has moved its capital from Dar after a 50-year wait - but is Dodoma ready?

By Ambrose T. Kessy, Professor of Public Administration , University of Dodoma
Tanzania designated Dodoma as its new capital in place of the seaside city of Dar es Salaam following a public referendum 50 years ago. Since then, the country has made small steps towards this goal – including the relocation of Parliament in 2017 – but Dodoma remained the national capital only in name. With the inauguration of the new presidential offices in Dodoma in May 2023, the transition to the capital is now all but complete. Ambrose Kessy, a public administration expert, answers the key questions.

What’s the background to Tanzania’s capital city relocation?

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