Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday laid the foundation stone for huge new parliament to be built with Chinese funds outside the capital Harare.The imposing circular complex will be built over 32 months by the Shanghai Construction group at Mount Hampden, 18km north-west of Harare, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.Officials say the current colonial-era parliamentary building in the city centre is too small to accommodate lawmakers.Mnangagwa said at the ceremony that China had provided a "grant, not a loan, to build a new parliament", without giving a figure."Other facilities like banks, hotels will be built around this place," Mnangagwa said adding that a "modern, smart city" was planned.Mnangagwa took over from long-time ruler Robert Mugabe who was ousted by the military in November 2017.He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe's economy that has been in ruins for nearly two decades.China has funded and provided loans for many infrastructure projects across Africa in recent years, ranging from roads and power plants to sports stadiums and government institutions.Critics say China's increasing sway over the continent undermines democracy and sovereignty.President Emmerson Mnangagwa will today officially break ground for the new parliament building located at Mt Hampden. The New Parliament Building is a China-aid project and a donation to the country.#Zimbabwe pic.twitter.com/yIVXgEHLLv— Vaera Ngwena (@VaeraNgwena) November 30, 2018Today, we laid the foundation stone for the new Zimbabwe’s new Parliament building, a symbol of a new era.Hard work, diligence, commitment to duty and accountability must be traits embedded in all parliamentarians in the Second Republic!— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) November 30, 2018#UpcomingEvent: President ED to lead Ground-Breaking Ceremony for new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden. The construction is being done by the Shanghai Construction Group from a grant extended by the Chinese Government.@caesarzvayi @Michellehakata @TafadzwaMugwadi @HChikwanha pic.twitter.com/9BssQQ0wP0— The Herald Zimbabwe (@HeraldZimbabwe) November 30, 2018Today, @edmnangagwa laid the foundation stone for the new 650-seater, multi-million dollar, Zimbabwe Parliament Building in Mt Hampden, 18 kilometers northwest of the capital, Harare. #zimbabwe pic.twitter.com/FZFML3EZNw— Bothwell Chikombora (@chikombora) November 30, 2018* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.