Zimbabwe: temporary flag at the Parly construction site
The temporary hoisting of the Chinese flag at the construction site of the new Parliament Building at Mount Hampden is common practice in cases of government-to-government contractual agreements, as the Chinese are funding the construction through a grant.
Once everything is finished and the building is handed over to the government of Zimbabwe, which will soon be the case, the Chinese flag comes down.
It flies over the construction site as it is a Chinese grant project, but not the handed over building.
Speculation had suggested that the foreign flag, appropriately flying above the construction site, would continue to fly above the completed building forever.
Speaking during a visit to the new Parliament yesterday, Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo said the longstanding cordial bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and China date back to the days of the liberation struggle.
“The contractor is Chinese and therefore he must honor those who are financing the project, which in this case is the Chinese government by raising the flag on the construction site. This is what happens whenever construction projects such magnitude are achieved.
“There is nothing to worry about as everything being done on the project is consistent and consistent with the bilateral contractual agreement between the two countries,” he said.
The minister also clarified that the project was being built by the Chinese government with a special grant, not loans as some sections of the media claim.
Posting on its Twitter account, the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe also clarified the hoisting of its flag at the site of the new parliament.
“The Chinese flag is not hoisted at the parliament but at the construction site where the Chinese company is still working. This is normal practice before the project is handed over. Like all other Chinese-funded projects, the flag will not remain not after surrender.
“The new parliament building is being built with grants from China, not loans. payers”.
A high-level delegation consisting of senior government officials and Chinese officials is expected to visit the project in preparation for the official handover as the new parliament.