First ever multi-million kwacha shopping mall in Mongu construction works are progressing well. The works are scheduled to be completed in January 2016 by Velos Enterprises Limited of Lusaka which has employed over 40 local people.
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  1. Build industries along side malls, like fish processing as there’s so much fish in western pronce

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    • These shopping malls are killing us. it is not development twapapata.Build industries which will promote and sell our local products.One industry build will create four times the employment created by a shopping mall.These people building malls, so called infestors, are very strategic.They are just creating room where they can sell their products later on.Ninshi, tamusambilila olo shani. In lusaka within a space of 1-2 kilometers, you have 3 shoping malls. arcades,mandhill and eastside whatever mall. so we average 1.5 malls per kilometer which is ludicrous. Instead mwebantu create industries twapapata!!! For starters you can do a plant that makes and packages guava related foods and juices or a transformer production plant since we have lots of iron and copper. Borrow money for such

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    • @Gen, this business man thinks the Mall makes business sense to him, why don’t you go and build a fish industry. The bloggers on LT they don’t stop to amuse me.

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    • @1 and 1.1. THOSE PROCESSING PLANTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN MFEZs. @1.1 I THINK IT’S BETTER TO START ESTABLISHING MARKETS FIRST WHICH (WITH EL’s INSTRUCTIONS TO SALE ZAMBIAN FARM PRODUCE, ETC) WILL TRIGGER MORE AGRO PRODUCTION DUE TO READY MARKETS. WITHOUT SHOPPING MALLS FARMERS CAN BE FRUSTRATED IF THEIR EFFORTS ARE NOT MARCHED WITH THE AVAILABILITY OF MARKETS. THE PRONOUNCEMENTS TO STOCK ZAMBIAN PRODUCTS HAS BEEN MADE ALREADY. PROBABALY, THAT WAS THE REASON THE WHOLE LOT OF THE PRESIDENT WENT TO OPEN A MARE MALL. IT WAS FOR THE SAME MESSAGE. IF EL HAD JUST INSTRUCTED HIS CABINET MINI-STER, IT WOULDN’T HAVE CARRIED MUCH WEIGHT, MAYBE. BUT ZBS SHOULD DEFINE PACKING AND PROCESSING STANDARDS FOR ALL TO FOLLOW.

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    • Well said. These are the kind of contributions people should make not just insulting each other day in day out.

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  2. I think they need a new Hospital, University and Stadium and NOT a a A shopping Mall that will become a dumping ground for mediocre South African products produced by Xenophobes who have the audacity to ask why foreigners are in their country and not why their companies are dumping things in the rest of Africa.

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    • Aren’t those things you’re mentioning supposed to be done by your government? That mall is a private project. And why is a Stadium more necessary in Mongu than a Shopping mall?…..you people don’t make any sense!

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    • Some bloggers really sucks. Haven’t you heart of hospital university prison water works and other infrastructure development currently taking shape in western pro vince. Sometimes you have to just read other people’s views than exposing your hate.

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    • No, they do not need a stadium. It will be costly to maintain, and which teams will go to play there?

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    • These Malls are being put up by the private sector and not GRZ. So GRZ cannot force private sector to build hospitals etc. Its private money and they will invest it as they see it fit

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  3. Here is my new thinking; any form of development is better than nothing. Its about time our Lozi brothers also enjoyed the wealth of Zambia. Please, just praise the government for this project. Once this project is done, you can then ask them (goverment) to do more projects such as Hospitals, Universities, Stadia, etc.

    God bless Zambia.

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    • @Mr Intelligent. Is it the Government that is financing this shopping mall? Praise the Govt for what?

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  4. Indeed, why not build a massive factory for canned fish, smoked/dried Tilapia etc since Western Zambia is full of fish? Why build so-called MALL to retail “Pie – meat” that are full of Donkey meat?

    Just what’s wrong with us Zambians and who is behind this? Perhaps I should come back home to team up with HH or indeed Lungu and take Zambia forward.

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    • Nkope, what is wrong is that, you just want to talk and criticize. You go and build a fish industry.

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  5. I hope the new mall is centrally located because the existing Shoprite is on the outskirt of town. When asked why this is so I was told that it was very difficult to get permission from the King to construct in town.

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    • Here is another !diot spreading his stinking foolishness! My dear it was the LOCAL Shop Owners who told Shoprite to build their giant shop somewhere not near their shops because they didn’t want their shops and livelihood to go under. Small business owners throughout the World be it in the UK, India or USA never entertain mammoth supermarkets in their vicinity….they are not good for the small businesses. Get that in your small tribalist brain!

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    • The Mongu CBD is under the Council i.e. Government. So how does the Litunga come in? When are you going to stop these silly theories of yours.

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    • Manda Hill, Mukuba, Arcades and East Park are not centrally located. This must piss you off a lot.

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    • I pity the residents of Mongu who are forced to book taxis or burn fuel to buy their groceries from Shoprite when it could have been centrally located because the interests of the local shop owners had to be protected. If the residents of Mongu are happy with this arrangement who am I to challenge it. The establishment of Manda Hill Shopping Mall and others was to decongest the town centre because,fo example, in the UNIP era we all had to go to the main ZCBC located in Cairo Road.

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  6. while i agree with guys that gov must invest in western province…but you cant just build a fish factory or industries not only does it need physical resources like access to transport and electricity but skills as well in the processing of goods it must be a holistic development ………this mall or shopping center is for convince of shopping and provide some jobs and means people don’t have to travel huge distances to get specialized goods from big towns

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  7. Western Province lagged behind because of attitudes of the people and power which is concentrated in the hands of one person and not because of the government. For years no one was freely allowed to build anything because the people thought (still do think you are taking their land). That is the reason they wouldn’t even allow Shoprite to be built nearby!. It is illiterates like these who have made Zambia backwards and keep dividing the nation.

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    • Give your situpiditi a rest. Those are just 1diotic theories about Western Province that exist only in your water logged head. Repeating the same nonsense over and over won’t make it true. The last time I checked all provinces outside of the line of rail were neglected. I won’t mention provinces but we know that there are Provinces today that don’t even have a milling plant. Is it the local people to blame? You’re an 1diyoti who speaks as if these shopping malls are in every province. Muchinga, Northern, Luapula, Northwestern and Central have none….why are you not insulting the people in those provinces?
      If there is anybody backward; it is an 1di.ot like you. Every time there is an article about a Lozi person or Western Province you come out of the woods with your 1diyotic…

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    • Land in Western Province belongs to the Litunga and over the years, apart from little council land, it has never been easy for anyone to be allocated land. This is the reason why there is little development in this area. Even among the Lozis, very few have Title Deeds. The Litunga should encourage development in Western Province by release more land to private individuals with full Titles.

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    • Above Board, like someone has already said where Western Province is concerned people like you have a lot of theories. The last time I checked, First Quantum Minerals had to apply to Chief Mumena to develop the Trident Project. Land tenure throughout Zambia is the same. The Litunga does not enjoy special status. The long standing issue in Western Province has been the lack of roads. This has been the responsibility of successive govts. You should go through the parliamentary Hansard to understand this issue. The terrain of the land i.e water and sand made it to ‘costly’ to build roads in Zambia. When the Mongu-Kalabo road cost was announced you are the same people who cried foul i.e it was to expensive! If there is no road infrastructure do you think anyone would invest in an area?

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  8. Only what is approved by the Litunga and indunas is done. This was approved, courtesy by way of the Honourable Vice President! (I presume!)

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  9. Nice! Thats my province so I cannot be objective on this matter. I am very happy that Mongu will have a semblance of modernity to it.

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  10. Kangoto,

    “Misplaced priorities!”…Indeed ..But that’s what the aindunas wanted. They even refused to develop the canal. The western province development projects are planned by the indunas….and that …the Government provides. It’s the wish of the local authority that determines the projects…finitu, chapwa, end, chamata.

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  11. Western Province is lagging behind through no one’s fault but their own, you can never do any business if you are not from there. There are no Indian shops, shoprite was given land far from town so that they could fail. Learn to embrace other people like your friends from Eastern Province, go to Chipata and see how developed it is. We live in a global village.

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    • You sound like another !diot. Lagging behind whom? Morons like you behave like Lusaka and the Copperbelt are what constitutes Zambia. Tell me again, what is in Luapula Province, Muchinga, Northern Provinces that is not in Western Province? Apart from the new mines in North Western Province what is it that sets apart from Western Province? You people have really invested in hate…every time there is an article about Western Province you seem to get all agitated. Why?

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    • Lol! Someone is campaigning for there to be Indian Shops in Western Province! Are Indian Shops what constitutes development?

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  12. @2.2 YOU HAVE GATTA POINT. IN FACT WESTERN PROVINCE IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST BENEFICIARIES OF THESE DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS GOING ON. NO WONDER KAINGU TOLD THEM THAT “NEMBWA SHILATASHA”. THEY HAVE BENEFITED SO MUCH THROUGH SATA’S DEVELOPMENTAL POLICIES WHICH HAVE BEEN CONTINUED BY EL. THERE’S QUITE A LOT HAPPENING TODAY IN WESTERN PROVINCE EVEN IF IT IS NOT A PRODUCTIVE PROVINCE AS COMPARED TO N/WESTERN (mining) AND SOUTHERN (tourism) PROVINCES.

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    • Hater! There’s tourism in Western Province. There are Tiger fish fishing lodges in Lukulu and Senanga. There are game safaris in Sioma and Liuwa National parks. The latter attracts tourists who come to see one of two of Africa’s Wilderbeest migration. There’s also the Nayuma museum. You are just a very ignorant PF cadre. You and your Sata should just rest in eternal peace.

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  13. @Pay back the money, Western Province does not need Indian shops. The Eastern Province you are talking about is full of ‘half mwenyes, half munthus’ type of people. Some are even ministers. You envy this? I don’t think so. Those brothers would rather play with your women while hiding theirs. Am sure that is exactly the fear that has prevented people from Muchinga, Northern and Luapula from embracing the Indian shop owners. You bring in one, tomorrow you see two more. The next week, you will be shocked to see 10 and before you know it, you are over run.

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  14. Sepo, I am not being silly by pointing out facts. While it is true that the terrain of Western Province had contributed to making roads difficult, our people have made it hard for any outsider to pitch any business tent including government projects. These are not exaggerations because we have been involved in building projects there and had faced numerous hurdles. So Mr. Sepo, Sir, it is you who is talking from the other side.

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  15. Mongu has come a log way since I amd my parents left in 1982. Yes Hospitals and Schoold should be given more prioirty but to get the money Shopping mall would be good and a good road construction

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  16. Whatever comes in western province should be welcomed, bcoz by duin so it would be even more profitable than to wait for a university that will nowhere to be seen like the so called the stadium …….

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