The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda says the establishment of the proposed new parliament in Mt Hampden near Harare is well on course and a Zimbabwean technical team comprising parliamentary and local government members is in China to come up with drawings and timelines.

The need to establish a new parliament building has been necessitated by the current overcrowding in the current chambers which are being used by 270 National Assembly members and 93 senators.

Construction is expected to cost about US$100 million.

Due to lack of expansion space in the central business district (CBD) it was decided that the new structure be set up in Mt Hampden, some twenty minutes drive from Harare.

The work is being done by the government of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing is servicing the land.

The road leading to the site is already fully open and the Chinese government has assured Zimbabwe that they are ready to build the structures as soon as the servicing work is completed.