Zimbabwe

Zim embassy buildings in 'deplorable' conditions

2016-03-16 13:28
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Harare - Zimbabwe's embassy buildings in Botswana and Ethiopia are in deplorable and uninhabitable conditions, the southern African country’s parliament has heard, according to reports.

New Zimbabwe said the embassy buildings in Addis Ababa and Gaborone were beyond repair, as they were collapsing, and were "unsuitable for human habitation".

Foreign Affairs Parliament Committee chairperson Kindness Paradza said they were left shocked after discovering the buildings' "deplorable" state during a recent visit to the two countries.

He told parliament that the embassy building in Ethiopia was in a "shocking state of disrepair", with the roof leaking when it rained, as well as extreme damage to electric cables.

"The embassy buildings in the two countries are in such a deplorable state of dilapidation to the extent that they are actually unsuitable for human habitation and occupancy," Paradza was quoted saying.

Following the revelation, members of parliament from the opposition, called for the removal of Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, accusing him of running down the ministry and being a disservice to the country’s foreign diplomatic missions, NewsDay reported.

Movement for Democratic Change MP Nelson Chamisa said Mumbengegwi "must be fired for incompetency".

However, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was quick to state that government was looking into the issue and necessary steps were being taken to remedy the situation.

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