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Mozambique’s Road Fund, the country’s road development agency, yesterday got the green light to impose tolls on users of National Highway Number Six (EN6) linking the city of Beira, in Sofala province, to the Zimbabwean border at Machipanda in Manica province.
Authorisation was granted during the 18th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers in Maputo yesterday.
The EN6 has been undergoing rehabilitation and modernisation works since April 2015 under a contract with China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company (AFECC).
As part of the upgrade, three toll gates are being built, two of which, at Nhamatanda and Vanduzi, are already operational. The third toll station will be on the 17-kilometre stretch in Dondo.
Road Fund chairman Angelo Macuácua told Notícias that the toll tariffs have not yet been decided, but by law they are fixed jointly by the Ministers of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, and Economy and Finance.
The EN6 highway gives hinterland countries access to the Port of Beira and carries a great diversity of cargo, including fuel.
Toll roads are operated under the concept of the user pays, and benefits include good road management, maintenance and safety, with direct implications for improving trade flows, industrial development and economic growth.
Also in yesterday’s session, the Council of Ministers approved the amendment of the legal framework for municipal elections, and the proposal should be submitted to the Assembly of the Republic for consideration at the special session scheduled for 21 and 22 June.
The proposal to revise the law that defines the election of the President of the Municipal Council and the members of the respective Assembly or village follows the amendment of the Constitution of the Republic recently approved by parliament.
The Council of Ministers also approved the revision of the legal framework for the implementation of local authorities, both of which are part of the current decentralisation package, the main changes of which were recently entered into the Mozambican constitution.Source: Notícias