Chinese government not funding Swapo office upgrade: Zhang

05 Jun 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming has said that the recent media report about the Chinese government funding the construction of the Swapo headquarters is baseless and has nothing to do with his government.
Zhang made the remarks at a media conference here on Wednesday while responding to questions regarding the construction deal and if it would not be seen as the Chinese government interfering in a foreign country’s politics.
Local media reported that Swapo is planning to upgrade its headquarters in the capital at a cost of N.dollars 730 million and it will be funded by the Chinese government, since the party does not have the money. It also said the tender for the construction has been awarded to a Chinese company called Unik Construction.
Zhang said the reports are baseless and a deliberate act to tarnish the image of China, thus make him question the intentions of such reports as it has nothing to do with his government.
The ambassador said it is a pure normal deal between Swapo and a private Chinese business company, reiterating that his government has not entered into a deal like this and would not fund the project.
“I also learned about the story through the media, it is totally false and a very serious issue if the media is deliberately reporting on things like this. It makes me question their intention. I don’t even know the details of the deal because it is far from me,” said Zhang.
He also said the media is targeting Chinese nationals with negative reporting, while at the same time condemning those who have been involved in illegal practices like poaching and timber harvesting in Namibia.
“The Chinese government does not send people here to come and commit crimes, they do that on their own. Our embassy always preaches to the Chinese community to comply with the country’s laws and regulations, but if they don’t want to listen, then the embassy cannot control the activities of individuals out there,” Zhang said.