Robbers attack banks in Karonga, Chitipa: OIBM and NBS hit

Armed robbers are causing havoc in business shops and banks in Karonga and Chitipa officials have worried.

In a latest development, thugs attacked the Opportunity International Bank of Malawi (OIBM) in Karonga and New Building Society (NBS) in Chitipa after looting K7.8 million at Airtel shop in Karonga within this month of November, 2016.

Confirming the development, Karonga Police Spokesperson Enoch Livason said the incident occurred on Sunday.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that we are hunting for unidentified thieves who broke into the OIBM bank on Sunday night,” said Livason.

Police in Chitipa also confirmed about the NBS incident.

Despite managing to break and enter the two banks, thieves failed to steal cash, according to the police reports.

As the police continue with their investigation, two security guards in Karonga have been arrested in connection to the development.

According to Karonga police spokesperson, the two guards were working under KK Security Group Company who were guarding the OIBM bank during the day of the event.

Meanwhile, police have assured the business fraternity that it will tighten the security during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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3 thoughts on “Robbers attack banks in Karonga, Chitipa: OIBM and NBS hit”

  1. Banda says:

    Banks may store alot of money silly bank robbers thinking they can break into a vault with small tools,

  2. CONCERNED MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT says:

    Let me strongly condemn all robberies including those targeting banks in Malawi. Theft in any form is evil. However, let me take this opportunity to raise concerns regarding the ill treatment of workers in some of these banks most especially NBS and FDH by those managers who think they have a passport to abuse their juniors. For the time being, let’s focus of the case of FHD bank. It is a fact that FDH bought Malawi Savings Bank under very ‘difficult’ situations and that most Malawians were concerned that MSB employs would loose their jobs. True to this, retrenchment occurred, and we saw how those poor MSB staff members were targeted. This marked the beginning of a long struggle of the the former MSB employs and the “genuine” FDH employs as they call themselves. As though the retrenchment was not enough, it is worrisome to observe that currently dirty tactics are being employed by some “holy” FDH staff members who are always trying to demonise the ex-MSB members. We know the scapegoat plan is to show that ex-MSB staff members are not delivering so that they are easily laid off. In short, Thom Mpinganjira and your management, with due respect, you should know that being Malawian is your first identifier than being owners of a bank. As you plan another lay off of ex-MSB employs, do it with due diligence, because ex-MSB employees are also Malawians.

  3. INFO KARONGA says:

    Please Karonga Police, the team leader of these thugs is Paul Nyondo. Paul Nyondo is a very dangerous person in Karonga. He earns his living by stealing. When he was in prison last year up to early this year, Karonga was free from robbery. Please Police if you find him shoot to kill him.

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