Government has told Malawian transporters and bus operators to use the route that joins Zimbabwe from Nyamapanda and avoid the traditional route in Mozambique because of insecurity.
Minister of Transport Malison Ndau said this on Thursday after meeting his counterparts from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry and Home Affairs on Wednesday evening.
He said the route is over 300 kilometres longer than the traditional route but is safe.
“We have agreed that our transporters should use this alternative route route they will add another 300 kilometres,” he said.
He also said Mozambican authorities have started military escort for trucks and other motor vehicles to and from Mozambique, saying the situation is now under control.
“As I am speaking now, the military escorts in Mozambique are underway,” he said.
In the long run, he said, the government is exploring the use of water and rail transport as an alternative.
At least four trucks have been burnt to ashes in Mozambique, three of them with fuel, making fuel importers lose a whopping K70 million and four Malawians have been killed since the start of the skirmishes between Renamo and Frelimo.
Renamo leader Alfonso Dlhakama disputed the 2015 presidential elections and returned into the bush to wage war against the ruling Frelimo.
The skirmishes have forced 11000 Mozambicans to flee to Malawi as refugees.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :