Insecurity worries Chinese investors, threaten to leave Malawi

As the Malawi Police Service (MPS) is grappling with increased cases of armed robberies, an official from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has warned that Chinese investors may decide to relocate to neighbouring countries due to insecurity in the country.

Wanga: Chinese fed up

Wanga: Chinese fed up

According to Wang Jiaxin Hudson, the Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Counsellor, increased cases of violence in Malawi are threatening the Chinese investors.

His remarks  follows an robbery attack on Chinese nationals working for the Fifth Bureau of the China Railway at Area 9 in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Thursday and went away with K5 million cash.

About four armed robbers followed a car carrying a Chinese nationals from a bank up to the entrance of a compound where they shot at the car’s petrol tank and stole the money.

According to the Chinese official, in the past year alone, about eight Chinese investors including medical doctors have been targeted by robbers and had their valuables stolen.

“Insecurity in Malawi is getting out of hand. What we are seeing in Malawi’s roads are a lot of traffic police officers and not armed cops who would scare thieves away.

“Our hope is that government and the Inspector General of Police will do their best to improve the security to bring back investors confidence,” said Hudson.

He said the Chinese community in the country is concerned increased cases of robberies, noting that insecurity may erode further the confidence of many investors.

“Every time a Chinese national is robbed, the police just tell us that they have made arrests and are investigating the matter, but we have never been told how the cases conclude,” he stated.

He also observed that robbers are hampering the economic growth of the country as no investor would want to go to a country where there is insecurity.

Meanwhile, Police in Limbe have assured residents of tight security during Christmas and New Year festivities.

The station has increased patrols within its areas of jurisdiction to ensure that there is not criminal activities during the festive period, according to Station Officer, Kenneth Semani.

He however said they will need the general public’s support to prevent and curb crime in the country.

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Zain Adam Kaisi
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Corruption corruption,if they can go will Malawi burned?or will Malawi be Mala without “wi” if they mean bussines they can stay,but if they enough then they can leave the country,threatening its the old thing special threatening the citezens that’s bullshit,instead they have to change there ways of carrying such big amounts of money,am not trying to be asmart ass but how can you carry such big amount,while the country people are in need of that money,because no jobs no good income in the country,am not supporting crime,in bussines you have to loose also

Kabotolo
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ADZIPITA KWAO. KUDZIKO KODZADZAKO. AMAPHA ANA NGATI UDZUDZU. IFE TIMANKAKO KU CHINA KUKAYAMBITSA MA SITOLO KU BEINJING OR KAYA NKUTI. KU GHANA ANAWALETESA KU BWERA KUTI ASACHITE MINING YA GOLD UNLESS THEY ARE NATIVE. NOW EVERYONE WANTS A PIECE OF AFRICA JUST LIKE THEY DID CHIFUKWA AKUDZIWA WEALTH IS IN THIS ORIGINAL CONTINENT. NDIYE ADZIPITA. OSAMATINAMIZA ZIMENEZO DZINATHA NDI A TSAMUNDA. CHECHERI. PITANI MUKADYE AGALU PAJA KULI DOG EATING FESTIVAL. INVESTMENT YA CHANI.

KUKHALA
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YES SECURITY IS A CONCERN BUT CHINESE ARE NOT WELCOME HEREIN EVEN MOST PARTS OF AFRICAN BECAUSE THEY PROMOTE CORRUPTION.

mkonda Malawi
Guest

Let them go and ply their trade elsewhere.They r even opening shops in villages using some Malawians.How r small business men going to survive in villages?Alot of them r involved in ivory deals and looking for precious minerals.Amangobisaliramo mu kaunjikamo.The Chinese were even chased by the neighbouring Russians because of their crookedness .Pano akuufuna kuwatola amalawi chifukwa cha tulo tawo.

patriot weniwweni
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Let these crooked Chinese people go to neighbouring countries.They like exploiting workers and very crooked for that matters.Foreign investors selling patapatas and some cheap substandard Chinese stuff.So Malawi has a dumping ground for this Chinese stuff.There working conditions are very inhuman.We r not going to miss them.They can pack now now.Asatitopetse anthu akunjawa.We never called them.We survived on our own even before they trekked down here.We need real investors not fake ones who are just here to exploit Malawians.

mwenye
Guest

indeed to many, I many , yes just too many traffic police officers on the road and nor armed patrol police like we used to see during elder Moya’s time.

the IG must take these folks off the road and get them do real work to protect us, in fact they are causing confusion on the roads

concerned citizen
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Malawians we need to workup, starting from the president himself, our president is too slow, i wonder wat kind of a person he is. Sometimes i feel like malawians made a huge mistake by voting for this slow like totoise madala, police needs to workup, the time is gone when we use to see policemen walking around without bullet proof vest and a fire arm. Malawi needs alot of cash in transit companies, those security companies work to impress and by doing that cash in transit or related incidents will decrease, if an officer die of bullet injury on the… Read more »
Prince Bupe Mughogho
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foolish government!

Chigawenga
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I have always pointed this out. When ever investors want to move anywhere they look at a number of factors, one of which is security. Malawi is not a safe place to invest any one’s money and here is why; The infrastructure is not up to standards, security is and has always been an issue since DPP came to power. Electricity is not reliable and water shortages are very common. Now as an investor who has options to go to the neighboring countries why would you choose Malawi? APM and his advisers seem to be missing the point. You can… Read more »
Rodrick Kanyatula
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Chinese people are no deal, Malawi is a colony of Britain. Fuck dem all, fuck dem out all. They are busy building their currency empire by stealing from poor African countries. Ignore dem.

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