President Nyusi inaugurates highway

President Filipe Nyusi has inaugurated a new road between the provincial capital, Chimoio, and Espungabera, capital of Mossurize district, on the border with Zimbabwe.

The road is 230 kilometres long, and construction cost 6.45 billion meticais (US$170 million), provided by the Mozambican and Portuguese governments. The work, undertaken by the Portuguese building company Mota Engil began in September 2011, and involved 800 workers, most of them recruited locally.

According to the contractor, two new bridges were built, and streets in towns along the route were tarred.

Prior to this road, the quickest way to reach Espungabera from Chimoio, particularly during the rainy season, was via Zimbabwe. Even in the dry season, the journey between Chimoio and Espungabera on the Mozambican roads used to take between six and eight hours – the new road cuts the time to two and a half hours.

The new paved road does not only end Espungabera’s isolation from the rest of the country, but it should also stimulate the development of the other small towns it passes through, such as Sussundenga and Dombe.