The Mozambican government intends to launch an international tender for the repairing and tarring of the 100-kilometre road from Mueda to Negomano in the northern province of Cabo Delgado before the end of this year.
Improvements to this road are expected to lead to a greater flow of people and goods across the Unity Bridge over the Rovuma River between Mozambique and Tanzania. The bridge has been grossly under-used since it was inaugurated six years ago.
The Maputo daily Noticias reported Monday that the Cabo Delgado director of public works, Dino Coutinho, did not put any figure on how much rehabilitating the road will cost. However, he said that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has already guaranteed funding for work on the first 50 km, while the government is attempting to mobilize additional funding for the remaining 50 km.
The Unity Bridge was a dream of the founding presidents of the two countries, Samora Machel of Mozambique and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. It was finally inaugurated by two later presidents, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, in 2010.
The bridge cost 35 million US dollars, provided entirely from the Mozambican and Tanzanian state budgets. However, use of the bridge has been disappointingly low, largely because of the poor state of the Mueda/Negomano road.
The intention to rehabilitate and tar the road has been announced on several occasions, but has always been postponed.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.