Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa lays foundation stone for new parliament to be built outside Harare

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa laid the foundation stone for new parliament yesterday, to be built with Chinese funds outside the capital Harare.

The imposing circular complex will be built over 32 months by the Shanghai Construction group at Mount Hampden, north-west of Harare, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Mr. Mnangagwa said that China had provided a grant, not a loan, to build the new parliament. Other facilities like banks, hotels will also be built around it, he added and a “modern, smart city” was planned.

Mnangagwa took over from long-time ruler Robert Mugabe who was ousted by the military in November 2017.

China has funded and provided loans for many infrastructure projects across Africa in recent years, ranging from roads and power plants to sports stadiums and government institutions.

Critics say China’s increasing sway over the continent undermines democracy and sovereignty.

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