Zambia is considering a proposal to move its capital from congested Lusaka to a nearly uninhabited marshland district in the centre of the country.
According to the National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa, "The city is over-crowded, and so the sensible thing to do is move the capital out."
Mulusa said that President Edgar Lungu's cabinet was due to discuss the move to Ngabwe district within the next two weeks.
Ngabwe is a little-known rural district in Zambia's Central Province, close to Kabwe town and about 120km - or two hours' drive - north of Lusaka.
Though Ngabwe is often cut off when roads flood during rains, Mulusa said the district was well-positioned in the middle of the country.
Mr. Mulusa added that Ngabwe would be planned to ensure it could host regional bodies such as the African Union (AU), based in Addis Ababa, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), based in Gaborone, Botswana.
Lusaka has been the national capital since 1935 when Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia under British colonial rule.
Zambia won’t be the first country in Africa to move its capital city. Nigeria moved its capital from Lagos to Abuja in 1991 while Tanzania conducts most of its government activities in Dar es Salaam while Dodoma is the capital.