By Owen Mandovha
ONE of the Second Republic’s iconic projects, the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden is set to host two major national events this week.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the New Parliament Building in 2018 by President Emmerson Mnangagwa marked the new dawn for the country’s massive infrastructure rollout programme, now done and dusted the new structure goes into use this week.
“Members of the senate and house of assembly are quite excited by this development and we are happy to say that starting tomorrow(Wednesday) we will gather here for the official opening of the fifth and final session of the ninth Parliament. The structure of this Building is iconic and is modelled around the Great Zimbabwe monument in every aspect which makes it very special,” said Mr Kenneth Chokuda, the clerk of Parliament.
The building consists of a senate and house of assembly chambers with a total holding capacity of over 600 members.
“The sitting capacity here is about 600 members, 350 for the house of assembly which is situated on the third floor while the Parliament chamber occupies the ground and first floors,” said Mr Chokuda.
President Mnangagwa will officially open the fifth and final session of the ninth Parliament this Wednesday followed by the presentation of the State of the Nation Address on the same day.
On Thursday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube will also present the 2023 National budget from there in a symbolic resemblance of the working relations between the governments of Zimbabwe and China.