Maputo - Mozambique President Armando Guebuza inaugurated an opulent new Chinese-built presidential office complex in the capital Maputo Friday.
“We express our gratitude and appreciation to the government of the People's Republic of China creating the conditions for the construction of this project,” Guebuza said during a banquet.
The peach-coloured, two-storey building overlooking the azure waters of the Maputo Bay boasts crystal chandeliers, marble interiors and a sumptuous banqueting hall.
It dwarfs the previous, single story edifice where Guebuza used to receive foreign dignitaries.
Officials have not made public the building costs, which were financed through a loan arranged by the Chinese government.