ZAMBIA TO MOVE CAPITAL | Zambia is considering a proposal to move its capital from Lusaka to a nearly uninhabited marshland district in the centre of the country, national planning and development minister Lucky Mulusa told the AFP news agency today.
“Within the next 10 years, you will not be able to conduct business in Lusaka because of congestion,” AFP reports Mr Mulusa as saying.”The city is overcrowded, and so the sensible thing to do is move the capital out.”
The planning minister says that President Edgar Lungu’s cabinet is due to discuss the move to Ngabwe district within the next two weeks.
It is about 120km (75 miles) north of Lusaka and according to AFP is often cut off when roads flood during rains.However Mr Mulusa says the district is well-positioned in the middle of the country.
Nigeria moved its capital from Lagos to Abuja in 1991. And while Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma, was designed in the 1980s government business is only slowly moving there from Dar es Salaam.