The new parliament building at Mt Hampden, about 25 kilometers northwest of the capital, is now complete and the Chinese contractor has put the finishing touches to the exterior of the structure, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
Local government and public works minister July Moyo told New Ziana that the contractor was now working outside the building while the interior had already been outfitted with furniture and equipment.
“The interior of the building is complete, they are finalizing the exterior. After that we will have validation teams from China this month and next month to work with our local team and then we are sure that everything is done,” he said.
Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said they were also informed that their new home was almost ready.
“The Ministry of Local Government has informed us that the building is complete, they are now putting the finishing touches. We are waiting to be informed of the move-in date,” he said.
Zimbabwe mooted plans to build a new parliament building more than a decade ago but failed to do so due to lack of funds as it struggled under the punitive sanctions that some imposed as punishment for the implementation of land reforms in 2000.
The new six-storey parliament building is being built by the Chinese government as a gift to Zimbabwe.
The idea came about following the expansion of the two-chamber legislature from a single one previously, which could no longer fit into the existing building, built during the colonial era.
Initially, the government intended to locate the new parliament building in the Kopje area, but concerns over parking space led to the site being moved to Mount Hampden, where a new town will also take shape, as many businesses would have to locate there to avoid congestion. that characterized the Central Business District. — New Ziana