HARARE – Zimbabwe’s new Parliament building at Mount Hampden which was ‘donated’ and built by China is now complete and ready for use.
According to project manager, Henry Hungwe, once a few final touches are made, the activities can begin at any time.
“Everything is in place now, the National Assembly and Senate chambers are fully equipped,” Hungwe said.
“All rooms and exterior works are complete. Currently, Chinese contractors are doing their final inspection, and we have completed the inspection.
“I can say with certainty that once the handover of the building to the government is complete, the business can start at any time,” he added.
Last month, Local Government and Public Works permanent secretary Zvinechimwe Churu said the 32-month project was intended to be completed in July last year but was delayed by eight months because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The modern and imposing building, houses the chambers of the National Assembly and the Senate, each of which can accommodate more than 300 people.
It has several offices including a members’ lounge, committee rooms and board offices.
With the opening of the new parliament building, the building in the city center which has become too small will be relieved.
The completion of the new Parliament is expected to trigger other mega projects around Mount Hampden, including the creation of a smart city.