Kapiri Mposhi is a Swaka tribal dialect meaning “Hills of Refuge”. This refers to a group of hills located about 7 km from the Central Business District that dominate the northern skyline. In Swaka folklore, a huge bird that resided in the hills offered refuge to the Swaka people during the pre-colonial era.
The district is an agricultural production area. This is enhanced by the presence of major transport infrastructure such as railway and road network which provides connectivity to other regional and local production centers and markets.
Geographically, Kapiri Mposhi is located in the Central Province north of the City of Lusaka. The district is approximately 60 km North of Kabwe and 140 km South of Ndola and is situated along the Great North Road. Kapiri Mposhi District covers an area measuring approximately 18,250 square kilometres. It is surrounded by 8 Districts, namely, Kabwe District to the South, Chisamba District to the South East, Luano District on the East and Mkushi District on the North East. Others are; Masaiti District on the North and Mpongwe District on the North West. The rest are Ngabwe District on the West and Chibombo District on the South West. Kapiri Mposhi’s population is estimated at 253,786 according to the 2010 Census of Population Statistics Report. The district has the third highest population growth rate of 2.1%. The District population is likely to continue growing due to increased economic activity among other factors.
Kapiri Mposhi District has great potential for development in areas such as agriculture, tourism, mining and manufacturing as well as food processing. The following table illustrates the investment opportunities available in Kapiri Mposhi District by sector.
|Potential Investment||Brief Narration/Location|
|Agriculture & Aquaculture|| Kapiri Mposhi has naturally occurring swamps which can support a rice plantation (along the Lukanga swamps) banana and sugar plantation.
Processing of farm products such as tomato and mango.
Fish farming- Kapiri has many main water bodies that can support fish farming such as the Mulungushi river and dam,Lunsemwa and Lushimbili.
General Horticulture – the district has favorable soil conditions that can support general horticulture such as large production of mangoes, oranges etc. Established small scale farmers can support out grower schemes.
Honey production, the district has potential in honey production as it is home to 5 forest reserves.
|Mining|| The District has mineral deposits that are yet to be fully exploited.
The potential for investment is mining of minerals such as manganese mining, copper, cobalt, clay and sand.
|Tourism||The District’s strategic location presents opportunities for investment in the tourism sector. These opportunities include; infrastructure development (construction of hotels, airports, museum and other tourism support structures). The tourist attractions in the district include; Mulungushi Rock of Authority, King George VI College, Kabwale Rocks and Lukanga Swamps.
Setting up a cultural center: The district is home to various ethnic groupings who have various cultural traditions.
|In terms industry, the District once had a vibrant Kapiri Glass Factory which was closed in the mid-1990s leaving a wealth of equipment that can still be utilized for glass manufacturing. This is particularly important as the Province and Nation at large does not have any glass manufacturing industries.
Deposits of clay for the production of ceramic products.
Kapiri Mposhi District has potential to significantly contribute towards employment creation and poverty reduction by optimizing it’s comparative advantage which include the following;
- Strategic location and the presence of major transport interchange point. This offers opportunities for investment in warehousing, transit logistics and wholesale business.
- Potential for value addition through the processing of agricultural produce into marketable products.
- Availability of land for investment.
- Presence of mineral deposits such as Manganese, Copper, Iron and others
- Being a transit town, Kapiri offers opportunities for investment in hotels, lodges and guesthouse facilities.
- The District houses one public university – Mulungushi University- which supplies skilled labour.
- An overwhelming number of vibrant small-scale farmers that can easily can easily be organised.
- Proximity to major urban markets – Lusaka and the Copperbelt Province