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Chinese Companies Building Mausoleums for Political Leaders in Zambia, Zimbabwe

A member of the presidential guard bows his head next to the coffin of late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe lying in state at Murombedzi Growth Point, about 107 km northwest of Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 16, 2019. Zinyange Auntony / AFP

A Chinese company has been chosen to construct the much-debated mausoleum for late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. It is not the first time a Chinese company has been tasked with building shrines for the region’s political leaders.

In the latest development in the aftermath of Robert Mugabe’s recent death, it has been announced that constructions will go on in spite of conflicting statements from the parties involved. It is previously known that Chinese company Shanghai Construction Group is responsible for constructing the mausoleum in Harare’s national memorial site National Heroes’ Acre.

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