BX vehicle smashed up by mob as strike spirals out of control
A terrified government driver who was on Tuesday caught in a pitched battle between scores of hardcore striking government employees and the police has told of his dangerous encounter with the angry mob.
The targeted attack on Mmusi Tabona happened when hundreds of irate strikers that had paralyzed a section of the city of Francistown with their protests vented their fury on the government Isuzu Double Cab he was driving.
Tabona, a driver with the Roads Department was on duty driving his boss from the bank to their offices when he found himself in the middle of an angry mob that pelted the Isuzu truck with stones and any other objects they could lay their hands on.
Visibly shaken the 27-year old driver said,”As we approached the circle, I sensed that there was something wrong, even though police were directing traffic. No sooner had I asked my colleague what was the problem than I had noticed that hundreds of strikers that had blocked roads with burning tryes and large boulders had just been dispersed by the cops with tear gas and rubber bullets.”
Trying to avoid the danger ahead, Tabona took a detour only to play into the hands of the charging strikers carrying bricks and sticks. The furious mob protesting against the government’s proposed 3% salary hike after seven weeks of an intense industrial action immediately descended on his car, sticks and stones.
“As I drew closer to them and they recognized the car I was driving as a government vehicle from its number plates, the strikers lost it and immediately came after us furiously hurling bricks and other objects at us,” said the driver who managed to speed off to save his dear life and that of his boss.
“My focus was to get out of the mob alive, so I just slammed on the accelerator and sped off at about 100km/hr on a bumpy and dusty road into the location behind the Nzano mall,” he said. But that was after the mob had already smashed the Isuzu’s back window on the canopy and caused damage to the body of the twin cab truck.
“ The strike is now turning ugly and things are getting out of hand. An amicable solution has to be reached before worse damage can take place,”said the worried driver who was glad to have escaped unharmed.