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China gift to house Rwanda Prime Minister’s operations

CHINA has put up a huge building for Government administration in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. Handing it over on Monday, Zheng Jianbang said it was China’s gift to Rwanda.

The $27 million (Sh2.7 billion) administrative office complex will house Rwanda’s Prime Minister alongside several other ministries and crucial arms of the country’s administration.

Top and above, the new office of the Rwanda Prime Minister in Kigali's central business district (Nyarugenge) built by the Chinese

Top and above, the new office of the Rwanda Prime Minister in Kigali’s central business district (Nyarugenge) built by the Chinese

Zheng Jianbang is the vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He said that the rapid growth of China-Rwanda relations inspires him most.

The building is located in prime land adjacent the current office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of: Defense, Foreign Affairs, Commerce, then Rwanda Revenue Authority and Office of the Auditor General among other key institutions.

The new headquarters will host the Primature, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Rwanda Law Reform Commission.

Zheng Jianbang (right) the vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference hands over the building to Rwanda Prime Minister

Zheng Jianbang (right) the vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference hands over the building to Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente

“The completion of the complex is inspiring. But what inspires me even more is the rapid growth of China-Rwanda relations,” said Zheng Jianbang. He was referring to the biggest event between China-Rwanda relation last year.

“President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to Rwanda in July 2018, making him the first Chinese president visiting the country since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1971,” Jianbang said before justifying why Rwanda deserved such a gift.

“In the past 25 years, under the leadership of President Kagame, Rwanda has taken on a new look with sound governance, vitality, political stability, sustained socio-economic development as well as growing regional and global influence.”

Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente received the complex. He said it was a historical moment, adding”: “Yet another indicator of how stronger the relationship between China and Rwanda is always growing stronger. Since China and Rwanda started to be partners, our two countries have achieved a lot together. We appreciate this mutual beneficial relationship.”

Prime Minister Ngirente mentioned visits of heads of State from both countries with President Kagame going in China in March 2017 and XI Jinping reciprocating in July last year. The bilateral talks always reached several mutual agreements. While in Kigali, Xi and Kagame witnessed signing of 15 bilateral agreements.

Ball room where conference presentations can be conducted

Large hall where conference presentations can be conducted

“As I have mentioned, this new Administrative Office Complex will cement the good existing ties between China and Rwanda. I would like to thank China for offering to Rwanda, such beautiful and modern office building,” said PM Ngirente.

During the inauguration, it was indicated that 70% of the construction materials emanated from China, against 30% of the materials from Rwanda. Of these materials made in Rwanda is included the famous tiles from Nyagatare Granite Industry — Eastern Province and local cement — Cimerwa.

Basement parking area

Basement parking area

Exclusive Chinese manpower built the house, but, according to Minister of Infrastructure Ambassador Claver Gatete, there was no room for cheating because Rwandan inspectors were there from groundbreaking to handover ceremony.

“We had a joint team of inspectors which checked the building features from beginning to the end,” Gatete told Kigali Today’s Simon Kamuzinzi at handover event.

The new administrative complex has three major parts with, in the middle, an eight floor structure with two wings – left and right of six floors respectively.

Inside the building, China left it to the benefiting institutions to do partitioning as it pleases them. The building is connected to fiber optic internet and land line telephone.

“It’s a very strong structure, trust me,” said an engineer who was part of the inspection team.

Additional reporting by Correspondents with material for KTpress, Rwanda

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