Prophet Shepherd Bushiri says the first phase of his Goshen City under construction in Mangochi will cost $50 million and include residential housing units, a five-star hotel and a 5,000-seat international convention centre.
The founder of the Enlightened Church Gathering (ECG)-The Jesus Nation shared the details during a media orientation and tour of his project for media managers.
In his presentation, he said construction is taking place around the clock to ensure that come December 1 this year the first phase is completed and ready for use.
Bushiri said: “I really invited you as senior officials from the media to share my vision and also seek partnership that we work together. This is for Malawi, as such, it helps to have you involved so that you can share the right information.”
The city project site is located about four kilometres from the Mangochi-Monkey Bay-Golomoti junction on the right handside of the road to Monkey Bay before the turn to Cape Maclear. It extends from the Mangochi-Monkey Bay Road to the beaches of Lake Malawi.
So far, several apartment blocks, office space, a chapel and international convention centre have taken shape. During the tour, graders were also seen paving roads.
Bushiri described Goshen City as a tourist smart city whose members will primarily work on agricultural and non-agricultural tasks.
He said the project will need government support in construction of roads and expansion of the national grid as well as tax incentives.
Plans for the development also include specialised hospitals, international school, housing, development of information and communications technology accessories, an international airport and modern sports stadium.