Hundreds of public works have been abandoned or suspended in Mozambique

22 March 2017

Fifty-two public works projects have been completed, 50 are in progress, 140 have been abandoned by contractors and 117 were suspended by the government out of a total of 359, according to a survey of all public works paid for by the Mozambican state budget.

The 359 projects, which mainly involve the Ministries of Health, Education and State and Civil Administration have a total cost of about five billion meticais (US$70 million), of which about 1.5 billion meticais have already been paid out, according to Mozambican state news agency AIM.

The Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Bonete, speaking after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, pointed to financial and technical incapacity of some of the contractors to whom public works contracts were awarded, as well as defaulting on contracts by others, resulting in criminal proceedings.

In addition to the termination of contracts and the cancellation of licenses of some of the contractors, the minister said the government has already submitted 138 criminal cases to the Attorney General’s Office.

Bonete said Mozambican contractors were the most problematic, and most of the stoppages and abandoned projects outside the big cities. (macauhub)