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HARARE, Construction of Zimbabwe's new Parliament building is set to begin earlier than planned as the government has almost finished putting up the necessary infrastructure on the site, says the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda.

Addressing the media at the opening of Parliament Open day here Wednesday that the government had almost completed putting up roads, water and electricity facilities at the site and that actual construction should commence soon.

"I know the contractors had indicated that by December they would start work. I think they were trying to accommodate us as the government of Zimbabwe to put the necessary infrastructure that is access roads, water and electricity because they cannot start construction if those three utilities are not in place," the Speaker added.

But we have written to them now that we are going to complete the necessary infrastructure by the end of June, they should bring forward their construction date to say around August, he said.

Mudenda said the new Parliament building would be more spacious and answer congestion problems currently experienced in the National Assembly.

The new Parliament building, to be built in Mt Hampden, about 25 kilometres northwest of the capital, will be constructed by the Chinese government as a gift to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe mooted plans to construct a new Parliament building over a decade ago but failed to do so for lack of funds.

The idea followed the expansion of the legislature to two chambers from previously one, which can no longer fit in the existing building, constructed during the colonial era.

China constructed a Parliament building for Lesotho at a cost of over 7.0 million US dollars.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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