By Hope Sarara
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has chided the US for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe while Asian economic behemoth China has poured million in aid including the US$140 million into the construction of the new Parliament situated 30km on the northern fringes of the capital.
Mnangagwa paid tribute to Chinese leader Xi Jinping for his benevolence while slamming the US for demanding reforms in exchange for aid.
The Zanu PF leader was visiting the site for the third time in the last two years, probably his biggest project since coming to power following the 2017 military coup that toppled his mentor of 52 years the late Robert Mugabe who had ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years.
“We are happy to see the progress achieved here, in fact I am so amazed by the amount of progress at each visit which colleagues here achieved over a very short period.
“This is not the only project implemented by China, some have been completed some are work in progress,” said Mnangagwa.
He added: “When we visited China in April last year, during my discussions with President Xi Jingpin, he removed all the constraints relating to the incapacity of Zimbabwe in meeting some of its financial obligations to his country in relation to other projects and went ahead to grant us a US$1,4 billion loan facility to construct the Hwange Seven and Eight Power Stations.”
The Zanu PF leader then launched a broadside at the US albeit subtly.
“You will find that detractors will minimise that support, fortunately we in government and the (Zanu PF) party fully know, appreciate and are grateful for this relationship
“Those countries who speak against our relations with our good friends have done nothing except to impose sanctions on us,” Mnangagwa told workers and government officials on the site.
At the turn of the century Mugabe and his key figures who included Mnangagwa were hit with sanctions on allegations of human rights abuses as well as theft of elections.
However Mugabe and recently Mnangagwa insisted the restrictive measures as the US refers to them are aimed at supporting the opposition MDC’s quest regime change in Harare.
The Chinese government was represented at the function by the increasingly visible Deputy Ambassador Zhao Boagang. Other top government officials who attended include Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who was making his first public appearance since his return from China were he was receiving medical treatment for the past six month and Kembo Mohadi.
Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda and several Cabinet Ministers also attended.
The complex will also include the Office of the President and a Judicial Complex to complete the whole sphere of government.