Saturday, December 1, 2018

Zimbabwe Starts Building New Parliament Funded By China

    President E.Mnangagwa officially opened a project for the new Parliament at Mt Hampden.

Zimbabwean President
Zimbawean leader E. Mnangagwa laid the foundation stone for the new 650-seater, multi-million dollar, Zimbabwe Parliament in Mt Hampden, 18 kilometers northwest of Harare.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday laid the foundation stone for huge new parliament to be built with Chinese funds outside the capital Harare.  The new Parliament project is situated at Mount Hampden in Mashonaland East province about 18 km northwest from the main capital Harare. The multi-million dollar Parliament will have a capacity of 650-seaters. The Shanghai Construction group already commenced with the construction works, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Officials say the current colonial-era parliamentary building in the city centre is too small to accommodate lawmakers. Mnangagwa said at the ceremony that China had provided a "grant, not a loan, to build a new parliament", without giving a figure. "Other facilities like banks, hotels will be built around this place," Mnangagwa said adding that a "modern, smart city" was planned. Mnangagwa took over from Bob Robert Mugabe who relinquished the power after the military intervention in November 2017. He has vowed to revive back Zimbabwe's economy that has been in ruins for nearly two decades for now. 

China has funded and provided loans for many infrastructure projects across African continent in recent years, ranging from roads, power plants, sports stadiums and government institutions like for instance African Union (AU) headquarter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia "China's gift to Africa." a modern complex that cost about $200-million. However, the critics say China's increasing sway over the continent could undermining democracy and sovereignty.

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