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Nyeri mall to be named after Nelson Mandela

20 January 2014, 12:55 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A new ultra-modern shopping mall set to be constructed in Nyeri town will be named after the departed South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The mall, owned by Githinji Kinyanjui, will cost close to KES 1 billion and will be named after Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero, with a view of wooing more tourists to the region.

Nelson Mandela was a renowned figure in Africa and across the globe due to his efforts to liberate South Africa from colonial rule.

He died aged 95-years-old after a long illness, and was mourned across the world.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony of the project, Githinji said the premier shopping mall will be complete within 18 months.

Madiba mall, sitting on a one-acre-piece of land, will transform the face of Nyeri County, which is renowned for its greenery, and enhance tourism.

According to Githinji, who is also the proprietor of Cocorico Investments Company, Nyeri is a sleeping giant in the investment sector.

The Principal Secretary of East African affairs, Commerce and Trade, Ibrahim Mohamed commended the project stating that it was an exemplary undertaking.

“This is an ambitious project and this is how it should be; investment is about ambition and vision and Madiba mall is - from what I can gather -  well thought out,” said the PS.

The establishment will have a four-star-hotel with more than 80 rooms and conference halls while Uchumi supermarkets will be the first tenants on the ground floor, according Githinji.

“When Madiba mall is completed, residents will enjoy the convenience of a one stop shopping with over 44,000 square feet available for rent. Uchumi supermarkets are on board and the establishment will create numerous employment opportunities for the youth,” said Githinji.

While addressing the congregation, Uchumi supermarkets Managing Director, Jonathan Ciano said the company intends to open more outlets countrywide in areas where possible sales would be made.

Ciano urged members of the public to buy shares from the company stating that it is a public company and that they should own it.

He added that Uchumi buys and sells local products from local suppliers to create domestic employment and enhance economy growth.

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