Construction of the new Parliament Building is on course and is anticipated to be completed by March next year. President Emmerson Mnangagwa who toured the construction site on Wednesday in Mt Hampden, just outside Harare, expressed satisfaction with the progress.
He assessed the work progress with his two deputies, vice president Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga and vice president Kembo Mohadi
President Mangagwa said he cherishes relations between Zimbabwe and China adding that the country will continue to work closely with China to modernize its infrastructure.
“Those countries that speak against our good relations with our friends have done nothing except imposing sanctions on us.
“We know the responsibility for the modernization and growth of our economy rests with us and then seek assistance from those who are willing to support our program of modernization and industrialization.
“We are happy to see the progress achieved here. In fact, I am so amazed by the amount of progress at each visit, which Shanghai Company and the workers have achieved. In a very short period of time since we were last here about five months ago it has been a tremendous success,” said the President
The Chinese government is funding and constructing the new mega parliament building in Mt Hampden.
Other mega deals that have been penned between Harare and Beijing include the Zimbabwe National Defence University, Kariba South Hydro power project and Hwange Thermal Power Station’s units 7 and 8.
“I can go on and on, mentioning mega deals completed or in progress done by our friends and those that are in the pipeline. But you will find that our detractors will minimize that support. Fortunately, both we in Government and the party (Zanu-PF) and general leadership in this country, we fully know and appreciate and are grateful for that relationship,” said President Mnangagwa.
Both Chinese and Zimbabwean workers are involved in the construction and the Chinese deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Zhao Baogang, said construction would be completed within the agreed time.
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