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Construction of US $140m new parliament in Zimbabwe on track

12 Sep 2019

Construction of a new parliament building in Zimbabwe is on track. Shanghai Constuction Group, project manager for the building Cai Li Bo, during a tour of the site said that the project was ahead of schedule despite economic bottlenecks affecting operations.

Construction of the project was commissioned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018 during which the president confirmed that China provided a US $140m grant for the project with an aim to end the overcrowding being faced in the august House.

New parliament building

The new parliament building’s architectural design borrows heavily from the iconic Great Zimbabwe Monuments which is one of the country’s leading tourist resorts and Unesco World Heritage from which the country derives its name.

The imposing six-storey parliament building will accommodate joint sittings of the senate and the national assembly. The two chambers will have extra facilities such as office space for the staff, parking space, 12 committee rooms and conference facilities.

The new parliament is located in Mount Hampden, 18km north-west of national capital, Harare. Mt. Hampden is striving to achieve a city status that is determined not by population but by the infrastructure. The area is free from congestion and limitations from the city center and there is ample land for more infrastructure.

Development

Construction of the parliament in Mt Hampden is expected to trigger more development around the area such as banking halls, residential areas, government buildings, universities, technological centers and shopping centers. The new parliament access road is also under construction.

President Mnangagwa’s vision of making Zimbabwe a middle class economy by 2030 has been the driving force for the project. The vision emphasis more on service delivery in his government and accountability from the government officials and local authorities.

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