Armed robbers attack ex-diplomat to UN Janet Karim, MRA official in Blantyre

Malawi Police in Blantyre are investigating an armed robbery incident involving former diplomat to the Permanent Mission of Malawi to the United Nations (UN) Janet Karim and a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officer, only identified as Ms Konyani.

Karim: Robbed

Karim: Robbed

The former diplomat Karim and the MRA official were attacked on Sunday by armed thieves in Limbe commercial town on their way home.

Karim has just returned from a seven and a half year tour of duty as Malawi diplomat at the permanent Mission of Malawi to the UN. She is returning to Malawi after her recall in July 2014.

She apparently remained in New York to finish committee work at the U.N. but also stayed on to complete her master’s course with St John’s University. Karim received her Master’s degree in Global Development and Social Justice from St John’s University on June 14,  2014 in Rome,  Italy.

The thieves snatched a handbag,  two mobile phones,  groceries and K40, 000 00 in cash.

Janet Karim is veteran journalist and most Malawians will recall two periodicals she published and edited,  The Independent newspaper  and Woman Now magazine.

She is also founder if Malawi Media Women’s Association (MAMWA),  which established Malawi’s first women’s owned and operated radio station;  Journalist Association of Malawi  (JAMA );  Publishers Assiciation of Malawi (PAMA),  MISA-Malawi, Media Council of Malawi .

Police investigations continue.

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Chonchi Nde JB angabwerere? Janet is seen as an enemy of dpp hence the attack. Usamale akupanga za njauju waku anti corruption. Wakutsina khutu ndimnansi.


Malawi wayipa kwambirir tsopano. You guys from non governmental organizations, please wake up and stop wearing your identities everywhere like T shirts, golf shirts, caps bearing names of your organizations . Thieves will mark you to bed. Even your vehicles, should NOT have all those big letters like World Vision, Concern Universal, Toyota Malawi, CFAO, CCJP, Action Aid, Congoma, Cedep CHRR, etc Some of the thieves and thugs are sent by those who have cases somewhere… Please wake up.


Very confusing article. Two people were attacked by armed robbers. Where, how were they attacked. What time. Were the robbers armed with pangas or guns. How many were they in number. Did they snatch the masters degrees or the accolades were in the purse that was snatched. Please give us a break every year we are producing graduates.


I’m trying to figure out why this made the head lines???? It is a daily occurrence. Good publicity for Janet Karim who is slowly easing her way into DPP, well played.


Doesn’t Ms Konyani of MRA have a cv? How much was stolen from her? How? Are you marketing Janet Karim? And where is the armed robbery here? These are petty thieves!

Gersom Mwale

The former chief immigration officer,HJM,also was robbed in his area 3 residence few days ago. the armed robber shot his arm. why the media not report this issue. HJM now is working in Capital Hill.


Robbery @51. Sorry for my country.

Harold JM

Yamikani Simutole,next time when you want to write us sit down and organize yourself. Iam a standard eight dropout but I feel I can write something relevant to my topic. Musamatichititse manyazi olemba nkhani athu, zikuwerengedwa mngakhale kujatu nkhanizi


Malawians are being robbed and slaughtered to death by armed bandits as if we don have leadership. who is the president of Malawi? Can we borrow Mugabe and sort out the idiots.


The reporter must have obtained this cv information from Karim herself. What was the purpose? Part of the biography info appears to want to explain why she didn’t return home immediately after recall in 2014. The other part appears to be advertising her achievements. And by the way how many people who get robbed of more than K40,000 make the headlines? Give us a break.

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