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The government of the central Mozambican province of Manica is seeking funds to tar the 200 kilometre road from Chitobe, capital of Machaze district, to Muxungue, a town on the main north-south highway in the neighbouring province of Sofala.
To launch this work will require over 890 million meticais (about 15 million US dollars). But the provincial government does not yet have such a sum, admitted the Provincial Governor, Alberto Mondlane, who described the road as vital for the development of Machaze.
Mondlane was speaking on Friday in Gondola district at a session of the Manica Provincial Assembly.
“Given its importance, we think that this road is one of the priorities for the province”, he said. “When it is paved, Machaze will be linked to the main north-south highway with a good quality road, much better than the road in its current state. As a government, we have a duty to improve the road”.
Mondlane added that the provincial government is in contact with some partners for implementing the project. He could give no date, but assured the Assembly that work on the road will start as soon as funding is found.
“We can assure you that we are working with partners to obtain the amount necessary”, he declared. “I am confident that at any moment we will be successful and we will start this job which could make a great deal of difference to the live of the population”.
The Manica provincial road network covers 2,993 kilometres. 1,675 kilometres of these roads are considered to be in good condition, 575 kilometres are described as “reasonable”, while the rest is in “bad” and “very bad” condition.Source: AIM