Security lapse at Mzuzu University: Laptops stolen in hours

A cloud of insecurity is hovering among students at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) following several registered cases of theft, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Yamiko: Suspecting fellow students to be stealing

Yamiko: Suspecting fellow students to be stealing

During the weekend, two laptops belonging to two final year students – Leornard Banda and Yamiko Banda respectively – were stolen in a matter of hours.

Yamiko confirmed in an interview with Nyasa Times that she had “left” her room “temporally” only to find it broken into and her computer “gone” barely in a space of twenty minutes.

According to our findings, both laptops approximately cost around K450 000.

The two have since reported to school management but chances were scanty that the computers could be found.

President of the Mzuzu University Representative Council (MUSREC) was not immediately available for comment. We learnt he had stepped down pending elections next week.

But several students said it was “not the first time” such incidents had happened.

Theft of laptops, they said, has been rampant at the institution forcing management – for example – to install CCTV cameras in the university’s library in efforts to curb the malpractice.

On Sunday, another student who resides off-campus also had his brand new laptop which he had just received from home stolen.

Mzuni, a public institution of higher learning, has about 3 000 students during various programmes of study with education considered to be the largest faculty.

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9 thoughts on “Security lapse at Mzuzu University: Laptops stolen in hours”

  1. where ever they’ll be employed they’ll be stealing as well

  2. Chenda says:

    Kindly return the laptops to the college for the owners to collect. Be exemplarly as graduates. Explain why you kept the laptops without the owners consent and concentrate on learning than on stealling because next time you will be caught and imprisoned for theft. Kindly learn good things and avoid bad things and may God guide you when you are now repenting and returning the items to the college for the owners to receive. Pray to God for forgiveness as the owners of the laptops will also see God’s power working.

  3. jimbo says:

    As long as there are ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ there will always be theft of personal property. Laptops are in great demand and will bring a good price on the black market. The owners of such expensive items should make sure to insure them against theft.

  4. abit nyonyonyo says:

    so wats the solution? kungokamba zokubazo?

  5. redeemed says:

    Yaaa ne!!, two stolen laptops make headlines?.

  6. mapwevupwevu says:

    Mr Bernard Banda! I agree with you except for the insurance issue. The university can not have blanket insurance policy for property that does not belong to it!

    It is up to you as individuals to insure your personal property! Kalipireni, osati zip zomati “sikoyamba zinthu zasowa without compensation” you can’t be compensated without insuring!

  7. Bernard Banda says:

    It is sad indeed that the trend is becoming cancerous. I recall that during our days, such cases would arise and matters would gather dust without compensation. I strongly believe that combating crime and security awareness are traits that the Mzuni student community should share in order to create a safer living and learning environment for the good and benefit of all. Furthermore undue anxieties are eased and a happy atmosphere harnessed. I therefore suggest the following to the institution:
    1. to create an in-house fully fledged security department characterized by skilled and experienced security conscious personnel than to continually rely on out-sourcing this service, a weakness usually taken advantage of by the perpetrators.
    2. a database of laptop registration should be established with sporadic checks where necessary in order to verify true ownership.
    3. other informal entry and exit points should be sealed completely or monitored 24/7.
    4. the institution must take up a blanket insurance policy that covers all the portables and essentials( in the database if established) so that victims are restored to their former positions even at an extra cost to all the gadget holders.

    Its my fervent hope that student crime is going to be combated and my sincere empathy to those who lost those laptops.

  8. jokujoku says:

    These a the tipe of people who will be stealing government or non governmental and later Accussing juniors. Shame on u

  9. Tafwa says:

    Sad to see such bad acts happening @ institution of higher learning. What kind of graduates are university breeding now? Do we expect of them being good managers? SHAME OM YOU GRADUATE THIEVES

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