Zimbabwe's new capital takes shape following completion of China-funded parliament building

Updated: July 21, 2022 Source: Xinhua News Agency
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HARARE, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday commended China for funding and constructing the country's new parliament building located in Mount Hampden on the outskirts of the capital Harare where a new capital city is being constructed.

Located at the heart of the new city which is yet to be named, the new building was constructed and fully funded by China as a gift to the southern African country through China Aid.

Mnangagwa said the completion of the parliament building heralds the start of a new capital city that is meant to decongest Harare.

"We as the people of Zimbabwe, the government of Zimbabwe and indeed myself on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe are extremely grateful to the Government of the People's Republic of China," he said.

Mnangagwa made the remarks during the official groundbreaking ceremony of a new infrastructure development named "Cyber City" which is near the new parliament building.

The Cyber City, which will be constructed on 2.5 million square meters of land, will see the construction of cutting-edge office spaces, high-end residential spaces, shopping malls, recreational facilities and one of the tallest towers in Africa.

The project will be funded and developed by United Arab Emirates-based diversified conglomerate Mulk International.

"This Cyber City is envisaged to be a key feature that will bring added value to the New City at Mt. Hampden set to be developed on over 15,500 hectares of land. The anchor project for the New City, the new parliament building, has already been completed," said Mnangagwa.

Sitting on the historical Mount Hampden Hill, about 18 km northwest of Harare, the new parliament building borrows heavily from iconic Great Zimbabwe ruins from which Zimbabwe derives its name.

The imposing building covers a total area of 33,000 square meters and has two main buildings, a six-story office building and a four-story parliament building.

With the capacity to accommodate 1,000 people, the new building replaces the old colonial-era structure which has become too old and small to accommodate parliament business.

The new parliament building is the first arm of government to be located in the new city. The government also plans to put structures for two other arms of the state -- the executive and the judiciary -- in the new city. 

Editor: Su Dan