Simbi to build Malawi’s tallest ‘twin towers’ in Lilongwe

South Africa-based Malawian billionaire businessperson Simbi Phiri, who was awarded a multimillion kwacha water project, reportedly plans to construct  Malawi’s tallest twin towers in the capital Lilongwe.

The planned twin towers to be constructed by Simbi> Photo courtesy of Taonga Botolo, spokesman of Khatio

South African based Malawian billionnaire Simbi Phiri

The structures are projected to stand next to each other at City Centre, Opposite Reserve Bank of Malawi, behind Pacific Hotel.

Once complete, the towers will include 20 floors  and there will be an  underground car park, shopping mall and offices a springboard for transformation.

This project will be under Khato Civils and its sister company South Zambezi.

The Malawi government awarded Phiri’s Khato Civils a $500 million (K400 billion) Salima-Lilongwe Water Project contract over which the Malawi Law Society challenged  it  to court, arguing that the project cannot proceed without the department furnishing it with a report of the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) conducted on the project to tap water from Lake Malawi in line with the laws.

But Supreme Court Judge Lovemore Chikopa MLS for failing to understand the nitty-gritties of the contract. The contract that Khato Civils signed with Lilongwe Water Board is what is known as “Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract”

The judge said MLS erred by demanding an Environmental Impact Assessment at a time the project is only in ‘Engineering and Procurement’ stages. He said MLS should have waited up until Construction stage had commenced.

He also quashed MLS’s argument that Khato Civils is already moving equipment to Malawi saying the company is right to flaunt their capabilities by making sure that all required machinery is on site before Construction stage starts.

Khato will pump water from Lake Malawi in Salima to Lilongwe passing through Salima and Dowa districts.

Simbi told the media that he has funded President Peter Mutharika’s governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as well as the main opposition grouping Malawi Congress Party (MCP), and its leader, Lazarus Chakwera.

“You cannot do a project in an environment without knowing the technocrats, the politicians and the community, these are stakeholders…. We have to engage,” he was quoted as saying.

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Joseph ndili
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This is what we call true patriotism to one’s country. Osati kubwera kunja nkumakaba ndalama za a Malawi osauka nkumatukwana kuti mudabwera olemera yet there is nothing to show that you were there. Your accounts only to become fat while in a poor government. Shame on you shameless, hardheartened thieves. Mulungu adzachita nanu.

peter
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major one please consider investing in Malawi along presidential highway city centre

Mene Ava Uphyunumu
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Why are people and organizations challenging Zitukuko zabwino ngati izi? Vuto lanu ndi chanu kumupanga support munthu kuti chitukuko chitheke? koma dzikoli lidzatukuka ndi dyera lake limenero?

I am a man of insights
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I am a man of insights

These are good developments which we can all not stop smiling at.

But are issues of fire safety being taken into account? If an inferno was to break out on those to floors would our fire service be able to contain the situation?

Is our fire brigade being modernised in tune with these high rise buildings?

pathfinder
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Akanakhala kuti chitukuko chimenechi wanena ndi Peter Mutharika bwezi zitsiru zina zikuti ndi campaign. Simwangokhala phwii kumeneko ngati mukumetedwa? chitantu comment anapa***o inu.

Kaitano
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Kikkkkk koma Dzombe iliso???????????????????? uzichita manyazi wanva? kupeza mwayi wopanga comment pano sitikuti tilipano kuti tigule uchisiru wanuyo mwanva? Khalidwe lachikalekale basi?

Youna
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Apa Pitala zamukhudzanso pati? Komatu u Kadeti ukukuzunzani..

Chikondi
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Chitani manyazi wawa….you seem to be a diehard supporter of DPP and that wont help.

chitima
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hahahahahaha koma …izi za cooperate world osati zandale zakozo! ah

wakikiki
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why can they not do the same in mzuzu and zomba since we already have decent buildings in lilongwe and blantyre

Mlomwe
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Iweyo umange ku Zomba ndi Mzuzu. Simbi akumanaga ku Lilongwe -Capital city of Malawi

Billy Chilewani
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Wow that can change the face of the capital and we may start calling it Capital city and the structure can have a ripple effect to ignite other investors to build even better and taller infrastucture in our Capital city. Amalawi tiyeni timpaseko mpata Simbiyu mwina ndalama zake zitha kutukula miyoyo ya a Malawi ambiri.

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