Work on new Parly build­ing on course

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

THE $140 mil­lion Par­lia­ment build­ing project at Mount Ham­p­den in Harare is al­ready tak­ing shape and the ser­vic­ing of the site is in full swing with the project set to be com­pleted in three years, an of­fi­cial has said.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a stake­holder meet­ing with Civic So­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and the me­dia at Masvingo ho­tel on Thurs­day, the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda, said work on the new Par­lia­ment build­ing has taken shape with con­struc­tion of roads and con­nec­tion of wa­ter hav­ing started in earnest.

The meet­ing was meant to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­face be­tween mem­bers of civic so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers in Masvingo so that they can be able to take con­sti­tu­tional mat­ters to the pub­lic do­main.

Ad­vo­cate Mu­denda said the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has pledged to in­ject $46 mil­lion to­wards the am­bi­tious projects which is set to house about 600 peo­ple at any given time.

The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to ease pres­sure on the over­sub­scribed Par­lia­ment build­ing in Harare’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict (CBD).

Ad­vo­cate Mu­denda said the new par­lia­ment build­ing, which will be 18 km west of the cap­i­tal, will ad­dress chal­lenges that the Au­gust house is fac­ing, es­pe­cially crowd­ing of leg­is­la­tors.

He said the present sce­nario in par­lia­ment where mem­bers do not sit com­fort­ably is not con­ducive for the smooth op­er­a­tion of the House of Assem­bly.

“Ac­cord­ingly, the present par­lia­ment build­ing has a ca­pac­ity of 120 House of Assem­bly mem­bers but houses 270 leg­is­la­tors, a sit­u­a­tion which has seen mem­bers shar­ing seats and mi­cro­phones,” said Ad­vo­cate Mu­denda.

“The con­struc­tion of a new par­lia­ment build­ing in Mount Ham­p­den is on course with the pre­lim­i­nary civil works that in­clude road con­struc­tion hav­ing al­ready taken off. Elec­tric­ity is also con­nected, so is the wa­ter sys­tem, as we speak. All things be­ing equal, we ex­pect the project to be com­plete within a space of three years,” said Adv Mu­denda.

He hailed the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment for help­ing Zim­babwe and said the project is likely to cost less than the bud­geted fig­ure given that most of the con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery used comes from the Gov­ern­ment.

“Our all-weather friends, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment have pledged $46 mil­lion for the new par­lia­ment build­ing in Mount Ham­p­den. The ini­tial to­tal cost of the project is $140 mil­lion but chances are high that we will fork out less than that be­cause most of the equip­ment is not hired.

“The build­ing will have a ca­pac­ity of 600 mem­bers that is if in fu­ture we are go­ing to go that far. The Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment is seized with the project so is the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment,” he said. — @wal­terbm­swazie2

Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda

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