Mozambique’s National Roads Administration cancels contracts with companies

8 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 June – Poor performance, failure to meet deadlines and poor quality building work are some of the reasons that led the Mozambican National Road Administration (ANE) to cancel construction contracts with 12 companies involved in repairing and maintenance of roads, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Speaking to the newspaper, the ANE delegate for Zambézia province, André Chachine, said that Dalton Construções, a company doing maintenance on the Mopeia/Posto Campo road, had its contract cancelled due to poor performance and added that more companies, such as Concreto, Tumbine Empreendimentos, Conse, Construções Rosyli and Padil Construções, had also been notified.

Chachine also said that inspection of the work contracted out to a company called Consultec, had not been effective, which had resulted in deadlines not being met and the poor quality of some work.

The road maintenance plan for Zambézia province for this year outlines work on more than 4,454 kilometres of roads, which will require investment of over 188 million meticals (around US$6.4 million).

The plan also outlines the need for more rigorous inspection as it was noted that many public works are not up to the required quality, which leads to roads being destroyed at an earlier stage than would normally be expected.

This had had a considerable effect on the economy of Zambézia province as shipping companies have difficulties transporting agricultural products. (macauhub)