Road maintenance is one of Mozambican government’s greatest challenges

1 July 2010

Boane, Mozambique, 1 July – The regular maintenance of 18,000 kilometres of roads is one of the greatest challenges faced by the government, Mozambique’s Minister for Public Works, Cadmiel Muthemba said wednesday in Boane.

Speaking at the opening session of the Ministry’s Coordinating Council, meeting at the tourist resort of Pequenos Limbombos in Boane district, 40 kilometres from the capital Maputo, Muthemba said, however, that the government would continue to build, rebuild and maintain bridges and roads in order to increase the mobility of people and goods in Mozambique.

Mozambique currently has 30,300 kilometres of roads, of which only 6,500 kilometres are paved, the remainder being dirt roads, which are for the most part not usable in the rainy season.

The minister told his audience that over the first six months of the year improtant road works had been completes, including refurbishment of the Vanduzi-Changara road linking the provinces of Manica and Tete, construction of the bridge over the Rovuma River linking Mozambique to Tanzania and the Lucite and Massapa bridges in Manica province.

The bridges over the Muculumba river in Nampula province, Licungo and Cuacua rivers in Zambézia province are currently under construction and repairs are being carried out on the bridges over the Zambezi River in the city of Tete and the bridge linking Mozambique Island to the mainland. (macauhub)