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Liberation Mall A Development Game Changer

Construction work at the liberation Mall within the Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) premises along Kirkman road is set to enhance urban development as alluded to by multiple stakeholders at the symbolic ground breaking ceremony held in Harare today.

The construction follows the signing of a MOU between INSTAK and NSSA in December 2021 which was attended by the President.

The mall is expected to bring a new approach to the country’s infrastructural management strategies as it is set to bring shops close to residents and will comprise of a hotel service station, presidential Villa’s among other developments.

“The establishment of the Liberation Mall comes with many benefits founded on its location in the historic and continental Liberation City. 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 Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare, Paul Mavhima said at the ground breaking ceremony.

Furthermore, “Gone are the days when shoppers would all converge in the CBD just for shopping. We would like to help deliver convenience to shoppers by bringing shopping to the people as opposed to bringing shoppers to the shops.” The Minister also said.

The mall is a green innovation as the land it occupies used to be a pollution hub owing to the high methane composition owing to quarry mining.

“It is important to note that the project is important ecologically as the land it is premised on used to be a cold quarry dumpsite and the locations like Westley surrounding it had perennially faced challenges owing to the methane gas underneath which could burn for a week and in turn was a major source of pollution.” NSSA board Chairperson, Dr Percy Toriro said.

The mall is a game changer in the country’s development as it is in access to varied national places of interest that are in turn expected to guarantee returns on investment through usage and profitability.

“The project is important for development as it is accessible to the national sports stadium, national heroes acre and surrounding residential locations which will benefit from the mall. It falls in line with the City’s thrust of decongestion, employment creation and improved revenue collection strategy.” Harare Provincial Development Coordinator, Tafadzwa Muguti also said on behalf of the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Harare Metropolitan Province, Hon Oliver Chidawu.

Calls were made for Government and stakeholders to embrace other development models that potentially availed funding for the project when and where NSSA falls shot or lacks interest.

“We call upon Government and the Ministry to confer the project with National Project Status and/or Prescribed Project Status so that were we are not capable as NSSA other interested investors can come aboard and finance such important projects.” Mr Toriro also said.

The INSTAK project is a continental museum that seeks to archive the legacy, culture and heritage of Africa at the 50 hactare location which will house a museum, recreation facilities and the dynamic mall.

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