Mozambique: Stretch of Julius Nyerere Avenue Finally Reopened

A section of one of the major avenues in Maputo has finally been formally reopened to traffic sixteen years after it was severely damaged in the floods of 2000.

In 2012, Maputo Municipal Council awarded the contract to rehabilitate Julius Nyerere Avenue to a consortium headed by the Portuguese company Britalar. The consortium received ten million euros (about 11 million US dollars) to rebuild the road. But even before the work was completed the road began to disintegrate as huge cracks and potholes opened. An analysis by three laboratories showed that the problem was caused by poor quality material being used.

Britalar was given an opportunity to fix the problem but failed, and it was only in January 2015 that the Council terminated the contract. A new tender was held, and in June last year another Portuguese company, Construcoes Gabriel Couto, won the contract.

The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango and other members of the council boarded a bus which made the first official trip along the newly opened section.

Simango revealed that the council is still negotiating with Britalar for the return of funds it received for work that it had not completed.

Meanwhile, the representative of the World Bank in Mozambique, Mark Austin, commented that “this section links the centre of the city with important outlying areas which are residential, industrial and commercial, as well as offering a shorter exit route to the northeast of the city”.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique.