oa East African Geographical Review - Lilongwe: Another new capital for Africa

Volume 1972, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Work began in July 1970 on Lilongwe, the new capital city of Malawi, and, after Nouakchott in Mauritania and Gaborone in Botswana, the third new post-independence capital in Africa. The Malawi Housing Corporation has begun to build houses and the first Ministry building, for the Ministry of Works and Supplies, should be completed by the end of 1971, whilst the Ministries of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Education should be established there by early 1972. The first capital in Nyasaland was sited at Zomba before the end of the 19th century, where the administration could live at a respectable distance from the missionaries in Blantyre, and where the scenery was slightly more beautiful, but it gradually became apparent that the forty mile distance between Zomba and Blantyre, where the majority of settlers and business interests were centred and which was nearest to the most important airport at Chileka, made administration difficult.

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