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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :