Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe has clarified that Government has no intentions of moving the capital city from Lusaka.
National Planning Minister Lucky Mulusa recently told Journalists that his Ministry will soon be presenting a proposal to cabinet to shift the capital city from Lusaka to Ngabwe in the Central Province.
Mr Mulusa said that his ministry had devised a plan to come up with a new capital city that would be able to compete with other African cities.
“When you look at Lusaka in the next 10 years, the city will not be able to sustain us. The rate at which commerce and industry and official activities are growing cannot be met with Lusaka’s ability to grow its capacity,” Mr Lusaka said.
But Mr Mwakalombe said in an interview that Government has no such plans.
He said in fact, Government is now busy with modernising the infrastructure in Lusaka to make it a world class capital city.
Mr Mwakalombe revealed that cabinet recently approved a K247 million master plan for infrastructure development to decongest the capital city.
He has described proposals by that the capital city should be relocated from Lusaka to another town as baseless.
Mr Mwakalombe said Government, through the Ministry of Local Government, has approved the master plan under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“The master plan or an investment worth K247 million is an attempt to ease the flow of traffic in Lusaka,” Mr Mwakalombe said.
He also said proposals of moving the capital city to another place are irrelevant, and advised the general public to ignore such pronouncements.
Mr Mwakalombe said Government is working at transforming Lusaka into a conferencing hub for the region hence the coming up of a new international conference centre and other world class venues.