Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, has rubbished recent media reports suggesting that the Chinese government will fund construction of the new N$730 million SWAPO headquarters.
According to local media reports, the new SWAPO headquarters will be funded by the Chinese government, since the party does not have the money.
The tender for the construction has already been awarded to a Chinese company called Unik Construction.
Zhang told journalists in the capital on Wednesday that the reports are baseless and a deliberate act to tarnish the image of China as his government has no involvement in a business transaction between SWAPO and a private Chinese company.
“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,” Zhang said.
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.