IT manager arrested over stolen Malawi High court computers

Police in Blantyre on Friday arrested one more Malawi High court staff Kumbukani Chiwoni, bringing the number of judiciary support staff believed to have stolen High Court computers to four.

Chiwoni: Arrested

Chiwoni: Arrested

Chiwoni, aged 29, is the IT Manager for the Malawi High Court, according to Blantyre Police.

“Chiwoni has also been arrested in connection to theft of computer items at the High court.

“He is suspected to have a hand and we will continue with investigations on the matter,” said Elizabeth Divala, Blantyre Police Spokesperson.

On Wednesday, the law enforcers arrested three support staff for allegedly removing and stealing various items from computers that were fixed and being used by High Court Judges.

The items, including CPUs, hardware mother boards, memory chips, heat sinks and hard drives, are suspected to have been stolen  when the High court premises where sealed following the protracted industrial strike judiciary support staff stage to press for salary increment.

They are claimed to have “broke into” first and second floors of the Malawi High Court building  using duplicate keys as there was no “constructive breaking”.

They were also the custodians of the keys for the court rooms and other offices at the High Court Building.

“They are suspected to have used duplicate keys to gain access to the court rooms where they stole CPUs, hard drives, memory chips, mother boards.

“The other computers were fixed in the Chambers of Judges Healy Potani, Sylvester Kalembera, Rowland Mvundala and Maclean Kamwambi,” said Divala.

Divala identified as Elliot Mahewe, aged 52, from Chiwotcha village, Traditional Authority Mkalo in Chiradzulu district, 36 year-old Weston Muyiwa of Ndawona village in Traditional Authority Nsambwe in Thyolo district and 42 yera-old Felistine Mzandiwandira from Gambatila village, Traditional Authority Chakhumbira in Ntcheu district.

They were taken to court Friday afternoon to answer breaking into a building and committing felony therein charges, according to Section 311 of the Penal Code.

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37 thoughts on “IT manager arrested over stolen Malawi High court computers”

  1. IT Sector says:

    Bwana Gog mukutichititsa manyazi ndinutu C.P.U is an chip/feature found on the motherboard of a PC and its called the Central Processing Unit/Processor. Chomwe mukuchinenacho ndichibox called the case, so don’t polish someone when you don’t have an idea of what you are talking about.

  2. Reign says:

    Ma IT manager enawa kuchititsa manyazi

  3. Gog says:

    Naye olemba nkhaniyi sadziwa computer, mesa zonse watchule pamenepazi zikupezeka mkati mw
    a chi cpu? Mutichititsa manyazi ka.

  4. matutu says:

    Like commented on one of the articles last week, this regionalism, tribalism and nepotism thinking must be rooted out of our Malawi. Surely political might could root out this evil n this country. Again, why should any theft, cheating, etc. linked to tribalism? All tribes have thieves. All tribes have cheats. All tribes do one thing or the other. And so? Where does tribalism come in. Very sad.

  5. chefourpence says:

    alomwe achitumbuka awa

  6. Denga denga says:

    Simply because they were in custody of the keys then they were the first suspects invistigation principles?lo ! Lo !

  7. I feel very bad when I see my fellow Malawians running away from our responsbilities by bringing issues of regionalism,tribalism & politics.When there is problem we need to be united and first go deep to the root causes of it.Bringing in ACB, or Prison wont solve this issue of theft direct or indirect.Why everywhere our brothers and sisters are stealing?Some are being caught and others not yet?Look @ our standard of living here in Malawi in reference to the neighbouring countries.My fellow Malawians dont believe that all who are stealing are thieves especially the working-class.Life for them its very tough to make it successfully everyone knows and yet we are pretending as if its normal.This nation has become the best place for Politicians and the rest just suffering yet working with very low salaries.We need to find real solutions by improving lives of Malawians by improving the salaries as well as benefits.I am not even surprised why people in Malawi are becoming regionalistic, tribalistic, all these its due to hard life being faced everyday and indeed the spirit of hatred is spreading rapidly.Malawians we are all one and let love lead us to succeed in our lives all what the nation is facing today will end.Remove tribe,region,politics issues, and clothe yourselves as Malawians, this is our nation we need to stand together in love to make it the best place for all not only Politicians as it is today.

  8. tuvitwana says:

    MULOMWE KUBA ANAONERA MBUYE WAWO BINGU, MTUNDU UHENI UWU, NO BRAINS BUT KWIBA MBWENU HEHEDE

  9. Ineyo says:

    Why the hell would I use duplicate keys if i am the custodian of the original ones? And why I steal stuff that is in my custody without a “constructive break-in”?

  10. Kaps says:

    I doubt the seriousness of our security agents. They sealed the place and guarded it to prevent people from entering the premise and now something was stolen during this time and the first thing our respectable security agents have done is to suspect officers who had no access to the premises and arrest them! What type of reasoning is that? Do our security agents undergo any serious training or this has politics written all over? What a shame to the profession and an embarrassment to the nation! Drop the case or arrest the security personnel who were deployed there as well!

  11. he we go again says:

    zisiyeni ntchito za manja ya Ahlomwe ziwachitire umboni

  12. Yankeez says:

    Wakhala pa Mkhate khoswe, I dout ngati atalasike? Iyamba litilo nkhaniyi? We are monitoring????

  13. Kadakwiza says:

    Ya neeh, ke mathatha amogolo. Batho bobeleka mu mobuso bakereya tshelete e nyane thatha. Mubuso tshwantse babokhetse mugolo wa bona. What am trying to say, is that government must increase their salaries. Doing so may be stealing may decrease. Anyone can steal guys. Don’t say Lomwes steal. Say Malawians can steal. Malawians please let us unite. Let us build our country it’s our responsibility.

  14. Natchinkha says:

    Abale wakuba alibedi malemba.

  15. Denkhule says:

    What evidence are they trying to destroy. Its obvious cahgate. Iam very sure the guys have pocketed heavily which will assist them to escape the arm of the law.

  16. KING SOLOMON,DE LAWYER says:

    I KING SOLOMON BY VIRTUE OF WISDOM GIVEN BY GRACE I SEE THINGS DO NOT ADD UP.THE PREMISES WERE SEALED RIGHT.MEANING DOORS CLOSED AND HEAVILY GUARDED 24/7 RIGHT.POLICE ON GUARD RIGHT,OUT OF BOUNDS FOR ANYONE EXCEPT THE SECURITY RIGHT.THE POLICE ON PATROL RIGHT.NOT SLEEPING ON SENTRY RIGHT.GETTING NIGHT ALLOWANCE RIGHT.RIGHT,RIGHT NOT SLEEPIN ON DUTY.SO WHO DID THE BREAKING?I MEAN FOR STAFF IT WAS OUT OF BOUNDS.SO WAS ANY OF DE MENTIONED GUYZ CAUGHT OR SEEN LOITERIN AROUND THE PREMISES? IF NOT I,KING SOLOMON HERE BY DECLARE DEM GUYZ INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.BY THE WAY DE PLACE WAS SEALED TO EVEN PROTECT PROPERTY. SO THE GUYZ ON DUTY MUST BE QUESTIONED TOO.THEY MUST APPEAR IN COURT AND ALSO REFUND ANY NIGHT ALLOWANCES IF ANY.KIKIGK HICKI.INTERESTING SEALED MALAWIAN STYLE.KKKKK

  17. liquor says:

    Very suspect story, zoona it manager kuba cpu kuti yachani? if this is true then cry my beloved country. mnyamata wosamba bwino chonchi kumaba desktop in this day and age

  18. MBACHI says:

    Khoti liri ndi mbava eti. Punish them.

  19. Achimidzimidzi says:

    These people were on strike, so this was part of the strike.. No case to answer.

  20. special advisor says:

    The premises were “sealed”. Were they also “secured”? Who gave the order to seal the premises? Was it a lawful and reasonable thing to do? Was it to facilitate these thefts? Where were the guards, sleeping on the job? Who is liable for the thefts, is it not the security agents? Is it possible that the security agents did it themselves and are implicating individuals that have been targeted, in order to silence them?

  21. namaoda says:

    angavavale suit wakuba alibe malemba

  22. True Son says:

    Mtundu uwu wakukhumbika tidumule masingo.kkkk

  23. aphiri says:

    Counter attack coz of strike ija.lol

  24. The Patriot says:

    Unbelievable! Too bad to be true! I can tell a thief when I see one! Or am I wrong?

  25. galu wa galu says:

    Popeza ndikumphika kwa malamulo. Chagwa m’mbale nd ndiwo. Dzimvele ntolo.

  26. zoba says:

    Kodi mtundu uwu bwanji? Onse akuba. His brother Moses is one of the cashgate suspects. Somehow Moses slipped through the net and has not been arrested. Moses bought houses like, he was buying candies at the peak of cashgate! Koma amalawi fe ndife opusa!

  27. pijo says:

    As the guards were sleeping some unknown person stole the keys and stole the computer parts. The support staff are innocent and the chiwoni guy doesn’t look like a thief #amjustsayin

  28. Jebison Slindine Nyoni says:

    Ahlomwe woyeeeeee

  29. Mtundu wa anthu umene ukuononga Malawi ndi umenewu…

  30. Malawi wa Lero says:

    How would they use duplicate keys if they keep original ones?

  31. Mwama says:

    Alomwe ndi ntchito zawo tsono.

  32. Webster Lungu, The TechGuy says:

    Why would an IT Manager still a motherboard? That’s like stealing the whole computer!!
    An IT Manager, if he were a thief…he would “swap” some parts….not take them out!
    This story sounds like the work of computer parts vendors!!

    1. Webster Lungu, The TechGuy says:

      steal….not stil, hehee!

  33. Fathi Alshehaab says:

    oh kodi..what is thought ti be inthe harddrives! any valuable info or data thrrrin or any judgement srstement? on any court cases heard b4 this! dont just give is excuses to delay justicd procedures!

    1. che mbweenda says:

      IWE FATHI ALSHEHAAB !
      KODI IWE NDI MUNTHU WOTANI , WOPANDA MANYADZI NDIMANYI ACHINGEREDZI AMENE UMALEMBA PA NET ? INDE ANTHU AMBIRI KUNO KU MALAWI SITINAPITE KUSUKULU KOMA MBALE NAIWE NDIYE WANYANYA CHIFUKWA APART FROM EVEN WRITING IN ENGLISH, MAFUNSO AMENE WAFUNSAWA . NDIYAUTSILU KWABASI .
      EISH , KODI NKAMWA MWAKO SIMOLUMALA ? CHONDE MBALE WANGA SUKULU YAKWACHA KUNO KUMALAWI ILIPOBE , USAPANGE MANYADZI CHIFUKWA INE NDIKUMAPITA UNLESS KAPENA NDIWE MJOMBA. ANYWAY
      .MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE

  34. ujeni says:

    Interesting, can they arrest also PS and other signatories at Capital Hill in Ministries were money was lost through cashgate. Double standard ayi!

    1. Wodala says:

      Ujeni
      Mungosiya kulemba ma comments chifukwa mukuwoneka kuti muli ndi vuto kumvetsa nkhani ndi kuyankha za nzeru kapena zogwilizana ndi nkhaniyo. Muli ngati a Gift Phambala.
      Pepa m’bale ndikudziwa kuti sidala. But it helps one to realise ones own limitations.

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