Construction of new Parliament to commence this August

HARARE - National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda has written to a Chinese contractor responsible for building a new $46 million Parliament building in Mt Hampden that construction may start by August.

Mudenda said the delay in the construction of the bigger Parliament — initially slated to start in December — had been caused by government failure to install necessary utilities.

“I think they were trying to accommodate us as the Government of Zimbabwe, in terms of providing access roads, water and electricity.

“They cannot start construction if those three utilities are not in place,” Mudenda told a news conference on Wednesday.

“I know the contractors had indicated that (they would start) by December, but we have written to say that now we are going to complete the necessary infrastructure by the end of June, they should bring forward their construction dates to maybe around August.

“Why is it so? Those three infrastructures that have got to be put in place are a responsibility of the Government of Zimbabwe.

“The actual building is the Chinese’s baby; they will do that obviously under the supervision of our local engineers and architects so that we have a qualitative product that will be completed by the Chinese.

‘Not that we doubt their quality assurance, but we want to be satisfied that we are getting a product that will last for the next 100 years, 200 years.

“This building here is clocking almost 100 years and is still very intact. That’s the type of quality assurance that we must insist upon.”

The new building is expected to deal with congestion problems in the bicameral Parliament and is expected to accommodate about 650 Members of Parliament.

The Chinese government pledged to fund the construction of the new Parliament as a gift to Zimbabwe.

“The infrastructure work in terms of the roads leading to Mt Hampden is work in progress, should be completed at the end of this month,” Mudenda said.

“Another necessary infrastructure, there is water reticulation so that the availability of water at the building site again, that also is on course (and) should be completed end of this moth or end of July.

“The other utility . . . electricity, which should also be completed by end of this month.”

Comments (7)

They just bulldoze ideas and issues. Has any public consultation ever been conducted? Have we been given an opportunity to comment on the designs? Surely something of national interest can be left in the hands of Zanuoids alone. Do we need a new parliament? Are we in agreement it should be in Mt Hampden? ZANU takes us for fools. And we let them.

Moe Syslack - 10 June 2017

Are there many more necessary building projects which will benefit the NEEDY people - schools, hospitals, etc- rather than spending on giving the privilidged a more luxurious workplace??

Gogo - 10 June 2017

Why is China giving gift to Zimbabwe? Of all the problems in Zimbabwe they choose to fund a new Parliament Building. Why would we need a new parliament building when the country is suffering. This is what I would call a misplaced priority. And what is the gift really for ? , something is not right somewhere

Drey - 10 June 2017

honestly our hospitals, schools, roads are in a terrible state and these greedy bastards only think of constructing a posh new parliament. are they real??

amunyare - 11 June 2017

Elsewhere in the same publication the government is being urged to stop the road carnage, one of the causes (if not the major) is narrow potholed roads...monies being spent on a new parliament will be better utilised on the urgent need on roads rehab sanity dictates.

Sinyo - 12 June 2017

Construction of a new parliament at this juncture is undesirable.We have just too many cases that need urgent attention than to construct a building for many of the so called legislators to have some comfortable space and seats to doze..We no longer have potholes,but gulleys and they are causing unnecessary loss of life through fatal accidents.Most of our roads are now death traps.Civil servants are not being paid in time,Prisoners are dying everyday due to lack of sufficient food. Do i hear one government minister saying "we are giving the prisoners their democratic right to starve themselves to death"?Their is an astonishing shortage of essential drugs in hospitals,the list is endless.

Janana wa Bikaz - 12 June 2017

let the parliament building be built whats wrong with u Zimbabweans handiti it is a donation and a donor can donate what he wants

snoop - 12 June 2017

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