Mozambique; Ministry of Fisheries imposes over two million meticais in fines
Tolls on the Maputo ring road, contested by Mozambican civil society organisations, will start to be charged from 1 February, the concession company Rede Viária de Moçambique (Revimo) announced on Wednesday.
Prices range from 40 meticais (55 euro cents) for light vehicles to 580 meticais (€8) for heavy vehicles, with discounts of up to 75% for public transport and 60% for frequent users.
When travelling through several collection points, only the first is paid, Revimo added.
Four toll plazas have been installed along around 70 kilometres of road serving the cities of Maputo, Matola and Marracuene.
The Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), a Mozambican non-governmental organisation (NGO), said on Monday that Mozambicans could refuse to pay, alleging “unconstitutionality and illegalities.
According to the organisation, the government should create “alternative ways” to ensure “the principle of equality between citizens and universal access to public services.
CIP also complained about the “concession of public infrastructures to a private company, without a public tender, for a period longer than provided for by law”.
Another Mozambican NGO, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has also challenged the role of (Revimo) and advocates the revocation of the Maputo Ring Road concession.
The NGO questioned the interests of the concession company, stating that the people “do not know its organisational structure and the circumstances in which it was created”.