The Government plans to build 20 malls in Harare Metropolitan province to boost the provincial economy as well as decongest the central business district (CBD).
This was revealed by Harare Provincial Affairs and Devolution secretary Tafadzwa Muguti during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Liberation Mall at the corner of Kirkman Road and Harare Drive. Muguti said:
We are encouraged by this project as it will boost our provincial economy. It is in line with the strategies that we have for the province. It is in line with the conjunction strategy of the CBD.
We have selected about 20 sites across Harare Metropolitan province, where similar malls are going to be built so that we begin to decongest.
Whatever shop you want in the CBD, you should be able to find it closer to your house.
Speaking at the same function, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Paul Mavima said:
The Liberation Shopping Mall will benefit NSSA pensioners, contributors, and their families in many ways.
Apart from a shopping experience in a safe and congenial environment, the mall will have many entertainment and amusement facilities.
… The long-term plans for the Liberation City include establishing a five-star hotel, a service station, upmarket presidential villas and a recreation and theme park.
The Liberation Mall, therefore, becomes one of the lead projects to be rolled out at the Liberation City.
The Liberation City is being funded by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA).