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MDC seeks Parly relocation

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MDC yesterday said it would continue lobbying government to build the new Parliament building in Bulawayo to help breathe life into the city.

Qhubani Moyo, the MDC secretary for research and policy, said they were taken aback by an announcement this week that government was now planning to build the structure in Mt Hampden on the outskirts of Harare.

The Welshman Ncube-led party has been campaigning for the relocation of Parliament from Harare saying it would be crucial in reviving economic activity in Bulawayo.

“As a party, we insist that there is need to reconsider where the Parliament building is going to be located,” Moyo said.

“We feel strongly as before, that the Parliament building should be located in Bulawayo.

“This will assist in ensuring that there is decongestion of power to other parts of the country.

“We are saying Harare should continue as the capital city and the seat of the Executive. Bulawayo should be the legislative capital of Zimbabwe.”

Moyo said it would be a great injustice for the Matabeleland region to have the new Parliament building located in Harare.

“That Parliament should be located at Mt Hampden is out of sync with the spirit of uniting Zimbabweans and it is the perpetuation of the marginalisation of the people of Matabeleland,” he said.

The new building is meant to cater for the ever-increasing number of MPs as the current structure has become too small.

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