Mozambique: Lack of funds leads to delays in rebuilding roads and bridges

11 November 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Nov – The start of reconstruction work of a total of 1,043 kilometres of roads and 700 metres of bridges has been delayed to 2009 due to financial problems, the director general of the Mozambique National Roads Administration (ANE) said in Maputo.

Eusébio Siquela told Mozambican news agency AIM that, although work would not begin this year due to a lack of available resources, maintenance work would be carried out this year on roads, in order to ensure their use during the next rainy season.

The roads that next year will benefit from refurbishment next year include the sections of Benfica-Jardim (city fo Maputo), Xai-Xai-Chissibuca (Gaza province) and Massinga-Nhachengue (Inhambane), along Estrada Nacional No. 1 (EN1), considered to be the backbone of the country’s entire road network.

Siquela said that 66 percent of the government’s five-year plan beginning in 2005 had been implemented. According to Siquela, in the period 22 projects were carried out on 12 national roads, across a total of 2,019 kilometres, including 608 kilometres of the EN1.

From 2005 until now, routine maintenance carried out by ANE on national roads has covered 52,000 kilometres (the national road network covers around 30,000 kilometres, of which less than 10,000 kilometres are asphalted).

Maintenance of non-asphalt roads is a provisional (but expensive) measure that aims to make the roads usable for a certain period of time. However, the condition of these roads worsens again during the rainy season. (macauhub)