Armed robbers break into Malawi Electoral Commission offices: Steal cash, equipment

Unidentified bunch of criminals Thursday night broke into regional offices of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Mzuzu where they stole cash and some equipment, police have confirmed.

Mzuzu Police Spokesperson, Maurice Chapola, said besides the MEC break-in, the armed robbers also terrorized several residential areas where they stole assorted items including a vehicle which has since been recovered.

Among the stolen items at MEC offices were a laptop, cash amounting to K130 000 and a CD bag which contains some special software packages the electoral body uses.

However, the cash belonged to Hussein Lifa, MEC executive officer for the region while the laptop was owned by MEC IT technician, Davie Kadzuwa.

“Its true some unidentified armed robbers broke into MEC offices on Thursday night and a number of items were stolen. No arrest has been made so far and we are still investigating the matter,” he said.robbery

The break-in has instilled fear in the electorates on the safety of MEC offices ahead of next year’s tripartite elections.

Chapola also said during the same night there were a series of armed robberies which they suspect were carried out by the same criminals.

“We believe the same criminals are the ones who also attacked some residents in Chimaliro, Mapale and other areas within the city,” said Chapola.

He said the robbers also stole a Toyota Spacio vehicle registration number LL 551 belonging to Benard Chimaliro which was parked at a guest house in the city. The vehicle has since been recovered.

On the same night, the thieves are also reported to have wanted to rob a house belonging to a Chinese national but police were quickly alerted and rushed to the scene.

Said Chapola: “Unfortunately when we rushed there to intercept them, upon seeing our presence, they fled the scene but left the vehicle behind.

“So far I can confirm that during last night series of attacks laptops, mobile phones including cash have been stolen.”

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