Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Truckers end strike on Nzega-Tabora road

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Bernard Lugongo

Reassurance by the Police Force that there will be adequate security and intervention by Tanzania Truck Owners Association (Tatoa) has finally brought normalcy to Nzega-Tabora road on which traffic had been brought to a halt by boycotting lorry drivers.

At least 1,000 vehicles and over 3,000 passengers were stranded since Sunday on the key Mwanza-Dar es Salaam trunk road at Ngonho Village in Nzega District, Tabora Region as enraged drivers pulled over and put ignition keys in their pockets to compel authorities to flush out thugs who repeatedly carjack and rob motorists in the area. The boycott was staged from Sunday after gangsters attacked three trucks and seriously injured the drivers, robbing them of their money and other possessions. The protesting drivers were angered by the regular attacks in the area. In the latest attack, thugs attacked drivers by severing their ears and piercing their eyes with sharp objects.

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