Mozambique: Buses Allocated to Zambezia Municipalities

Maputo — Quelimane (Mozambique), 29 Oct (AIM) - The governor of the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, Abdul Razak, on Monday delivered three buses for urban passenger transport to businesses in the provincial capital, Quelimane and the municipalities of Mocuba and Alto Molocue.

There are ten buses in all to be allocated, and the Zambezia Provincial Director of Transport, Antonia Manharage, said the other seven will shortly be delivered. Quelimane will receive a further three buses, while the remaining four will go to other municipalities.

The buses have been acquired through the road transport fund operated by the Transport Ministry, directed particularly at the country's 53 municipalities.

But reporters at the ceremony noted that the man allotted the bus for Alto Molocue, Miguel Muananvuca, was the head of the list of candidates of the ruling Frelimo Party in the municipal elections held on 10 October. Since Frelimo was declared the winner in Alto Molocue, Muananvuca is now the mayor-designate.

Allocating one of the few passenger transport vehicles in this town to the mayor looks like a clear conflict of interests.

Muananvuca, however, said he was the only businessman in Alto Molocue who took part in the tender for the buses, and that the tender took place before Frelimo chose him as the party's mayoral candidate.

He said the bus would allow passengers to be transported in decent conditions. There are no other buses in the town and the main form of transport are motorcycle taxis which do not always provide passengers with safety. He claimed that the bus would be a lever for the development of Alto Molocue.

Razak backed him up, saying that one of the rules for the tender was that businesses bidding for the buses must have the financial and technical capacity to manage them.

At the time, Muananvuca had not been a Frelimo election candidate, "but he is a business person who is fully within his rights to compete in all economic acts", said the Governor.

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