Malawi gov’t print ‘ransacked’, money stolen

Employees at the Government Print in Lilongwe went to work Monday morning only to be surprised by the damage that has taken place at the premises after a break-in. Seven computers have been stolen by thugs.

A source informed Nyasa Times that the two guards that man the security at the premises in the capital city were sleeping when the gang of thugs used welding machines to break into the huge warehouse which is home to government’s print and binding machinery.

“We found that the computer sets including their peripherals were all stolen.

“ Cash that we also put together for a farewell party for one of our colleagues who has resigned amounting around K30,000 has also been stolen,” said the source opting for anonymity.robbery

One of the four cats at the warehouse was also found killed probably through poison and all drawers were turned around in search of any valuables.

“These thieves even stole sugar and salt from employees’ drawers,” added the source.

Such type of theft have fast become a trend in the country, showing marks of organised crime that is attacking and getting away with computer sets and electronic consumables.

In Blantyre last month thugs also ransacked the Malawi Posts and Telecommunications at Maselema and went away with computer sets after treating themselves to a beer party at its club.

Months ago they also attacked the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Area 11 and the Malawi Council of Churches in Area 18A where they stole computer sets.

“This is worrisome. This type of organised crime only shows that our security system is broken down. The police and government are not doing enough to help us, that is why we soon take the law into our own hands,” lamented the source.

Others speculate that there is an organised crime syndicate with links to higher officials that has either a trailer container or warehouse where they deposit their loot and make away with it across the borders for sale.

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