PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Zomba City Council serves as the administration center for the City of Zomba, located in the Southern region of Malawi. The Zomba City Council is a public institution under the Ministry of Local Government. The Council has the responsibility of enhancing infrastructure development in the City particularly where the infrastructure enhances the welfare of citizenry in the City.


Zomba city is in the Shire Highlands, with a population of about 500,000 people. Zomba is the fourth largest city in Malawi following Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. It was the administrative capital of the colonial government, Nyasaland, before the establishment of the Republic of Malawi in 1964.


The city is known for its British colonial architecture, its location at the base of the majestic Zomba Plateau, and its diverse ethnic mix. The town is reasonably close to Blantyre which offers a greater range of shops and entertainment but is also close to Liwonde National Park which is famous for sightings of various kinds of deer and avian life. One can also travel beyond Liwonde to Lake Malawi, where places such as Cape Maclear and the southern lake shore are a good break from the hassle of urban life.


The Zomba Plateau is also home to one of the finest hotels in Malawi – the Ku Chawe Inn, the Zomba Forest Lodge, the Trout Farm and the Mulunguzi Dam. Zomba Plateau is unique – a great slab of a mountain rising to 6000ft (1800m), it has vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress but elsewhere the vegetation is wild and mixed. The plateau top is criss-crossed by streams and there are tumbling waterfalls and still lakes.

PROPOSED INVESTMENT

The project proposes the construction of a shopping Mall in Zomba City comprising shopping and office complex, restaurants, motor vehicle service centre, car park and other auxiliary services. The Shopping Mall will be the first of its kind in Zomba city.


Zomba City serves as a commercial centre for the eastern region comprising five districts with a catchment population of about 4 million. The mall is expected to offer both local and international products.

PROJECT LOCATION

The shopping Mall will be located along the main M3 road; 2 kilometers away from the city centre. Zomba City Council has 2.5 hectares of land earmarked for the project. This is a strategic location accessible from all parts of the eastern region.

PROJECT REQUIREMENT

The proposed partnership structure of the project will be on Build Own Operate (BOO) model under the Public Private Partnership. Zomba City Council is expected to partly invest and own some shares in the project whose proportions will be discussed.