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China Donates Equipment to Zimbabwe Parliament

Parliament of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean parliament on Tuesday received a donation of information and communication technology equipment worth thousands dollars from China.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Lin Lin, said his country will continue to support Zimbabwe’s economic development and recovery efforts.

Ambassador Lin Lin said the ICT equipment, sourced by the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, would enable parliament to better serve the people of Zimbabwe.

He said parliament played an indispensable role in Zimbabwe’s politics by protecting the constitution and promoting democratic governance in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Lin Lin said China and Zimbabwe have maintained strong political and economic ties, adding his country wants to see Zimbabwe achieve a robust and sustainable economic development.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, commended the Chinese for their help saying the equipment would go a long way in improving parliament’s operations.

He said the equipment, which includes desktop computers, laptops, rooters and recorders, would ensure that proceedings in the house committees and other meetings are accurately recorded and posted online.

Ambassador Lin Lin said the two countries were finalizing details for President Robert Mugabe’s state visit to China soon, adding this will strengthen ties between the two countries.

China and Zimbabwe have political and economic relations with trade between the two countries surpassing the one billion dollar mark last year.

Meanwhile, the Combined Harare Residents Association or CHRA has slammed the Harare city council for opening an incomplete Coventry Bay for commuter omnibuses saying it should be completed first.

CHRA chairman Simbarashe Moyo says more problems will be created by the bay which lack sanitation facilities. Only three portable toilets have been provided.

The Harare city council says commuter buses from southern suburbs would drop passengers at the Copacabana terminus and proceed to the holding bay from where they would be called to pick passengers to various destinations through radio communication.

Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is expected to commission the bay Friday.