Tenants who rent their offices at the Malawi Posts and Corporation (MPC) premises at Chichiri area in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre are living in fear of their property and office equipment following a spate of burglaries which has seen many offices broken into in the recent months despite the presence of hired security guards.
The latest incident happened Sunday night when thieves broke into the offices of the local NGO Centre for Economic and Social Transformation (CEST) which publishes Big Issue-Malawi magazine and stole a professional still camera and computer monitor.
Business manager for CEST Christopher Phwandaphwanda told Nyasa Times in a telephone interview that the thieves are believed to be entered a room thorough an opening in the ceiling which they (thieves) created during another theft operation last December where they took away money amounting to MK10, 000.
“In fact the opening has never been sealed since the first theft incident although we told our land lord to seal it off,” said Phwandaphwanda.
However Nyasa Times has established that this is the fourth burglary incident within three months at the premises which is opposite Museums of Malawi.
In March, offices belonging to a local NGO, Centre for Alternatives for Victimized and Children (CAWVOC), were broken into and thieves went away with a computer and footballs. A month later thieves hit offices of an insurance company, Eagles, twice within a space of two weeks, getting away with computers and other office equipment.
Angry tenants told Nyasa Times that this is baffling as the burglaries are happening in the presence of security guards who man the place day and night.
The tenants said although the MPC authorities have replaced Safe Guard security guards, after series of robberies that characters their time and replaced them with UK security guards nothing is changing and some are considering just quitting the premises.
Meanwhile the tenants are considering to meet MPC authorities on security matters.