Armed robbers ransack Zomba City Council premises

A gang of unidentified robbers on Tuesday stormed and broke into Zomba City Council offices where they went away with different property and cash, authorities have confirmed.

Zomba City Council Offices

Zomba City Council Director of Planning and Development, Fred Nankuyu said the incident occurred at night when the area experienced some rain showers and a blackout which the robbers took advantage of.

Nankuyu said no one was working at the office because everything in the affected offices was in topsy-turvy. He said a group of robbers comprising at least eight people invaded the civic offices after overpowering two security guards on duty.

“The robbers tied our two security guards who were on duty and broke into almost all the offices including the cash office, the Mayor’s and CEO’s offices,” Nankuyu said.

He added that the thugs stole four laptops from different offices, cash amounting to over K165, 000, some office files. He said some cash books were also missing.

“All the drawers and filing cabinets are upside down, a sign that the thugs were searching for something in particular where they managed to steal cash, laptops and office files and cash books,” he said.

He explained that the office was in the process of conducting an assessment to establish the extent of loss and promised to come up with a full report of everything that has been stolen.

Zomba Police Station Public Relations Officer, Patricia Sipiliano saidshe could not neither confirm nor deny the incident to have taken place, but asked for more time to investigate the matter.

Apparently, the incident happened while the city’s mayor, Melia Douglas and Chief Executive Officer, Dyson Jangiya, were away in Lilongwe attending to official duties.

Meanwhile, some city residents have asked for strengthening of security in the city, fearing that the thugs may have come from outside the city.

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nkonsimphile gumede
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mbava covring up their shitholes, ndani sakukudziwani anthu amma city council kuba too much, thats why our cities remain shitholes!!!!!!!

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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The offices are slightly isolated from the city centre where robberies rarely occur. The bush close to the golf course and trees behind it provide enough cover to would be robbers to execute the plan. The security of the premises is further compounded by the absence of a high wall and armed personnel. If these were available on the ground, they would have provided the best deterrence. Nevertheless, there is total laxity during working hours at these civic offices. Those manning the reception do not properly screen those entering and leaving the offices. The robbers had prior knowledge of the… Read more »

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