Stolen car used in two separate robberies,  found parked outside owner’s house

A car that was stolen and used in two separate robberies on Monday and Tuesday in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre has been found parked at the house of the owner, Tanveer Ahmed, southern region police publicist Nicolas Gondwa confirmed.

The vehicle, Nissan Tilda registration number BL 2432 was reported stolen three weeks ago in Limbe.

The vehicle was apparently involved in two separate robberies with the commercial city.

It was first spotted on Monday at Petroda (Malawi) Limited Head Office where K4.5 million was stolen and the company’s accountant, Ugandan national Mustafa Abdul Karim was shot dead.

Karima is said to have been shot when he was coming from the bank. Four men using the vehicle in question pounced on him as he was about to walk into his office.

The same car was also used in an lunch hour robbery on Tuesday at Shire Hardware along the Highway at Yiannakis in Limbe where K3.7 million also cashed from the bank was stolen as the cash was being moved into his office.

Meanwhile, the Police have said the robbery, which took place Tuesday night at First Merchant Bank Livingstone Towers Branch in the city, where about K100 million was stolen, was an inside job.

The robbers were dressed in FBM uniform and used the access code to open the door leading to the room where the money was being recounted.

In their operation, armed robbers also shod dead a police officer and injured another one as they stole the money.

After opening the door, one of the four men grabbed Mvula, snatched his gun and shot him three times in the head and leg while theothe cop was shot in the stomach and chest. They then left the room with boxes containing the money and jumped into an unidentified saloon car and drove off.

The cop , identified as Sergeant Patrick Mvula, has since been laid to rest in his home district Zomba.

The incidents happened barely few days after the Inspector General of Police (IG) Paul Kanyama warned that the honeymoon for armed robbers was over.

On Tuesday, an official from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China warned that Chinese investors may decide to relocate to neighbouring countries due to insecurity in the country.

According to Wang Jiaxin Hudson, the Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Counsellor, increased cases of violence in Malawi are threatening the Chinese investors.

His remarks followed an robbery attack on Chinese nationals working for the Fifth Bureau of the China Railway at Area 9 in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe last week Thursday and went away with K5 million cash.

About four armed robbers followed a car carrying a Chinese nationals from a bank up to the entrance of a compound where they shot at the car’s petrol tank and stole the money.

In the past year alone, about eight Chinese investors including medical doctors have been targeted by robbers and had their valuables stolen, according to the official.

“Insecurity in Malawi is getting out of hand. What we are seeing in Malawi’s roads are a lot of traffic police officers and not armed cops who would scare thieves away.

“Our hope is that government and the Inspector General of Police will do their best to improve the security to bring back investors confidence,” said Hudson.

He said the Chinese community in the country is concerned increased cases of robberies, noting that insecurity may erode further the confidence of many investors.

“Every time a Chinese national is robbed, the police just tell us that they have made arrests and are investigating the matter, but we have never been told how the cases conclude,” he stated.

He also observed that robbers are hampering the economic growth of the country as no investor would want to go to a country where there is insecurity.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Kaziulika Chimugonda

Malawi Police Service have enough leads on the matter. We don’t need the service of Scotland Yard to help us on this spate of armed robberies. The owner of the stolen car, police guns, FMB uniforms and pincodes are all good leads to CID of Malawi Police Service to come up with a professional conclusion on armed robery to regain lost public trust. Just wait, the case is dead before it starts.

John Telford
The Ghana plan is needed urgently in Malawi. There they began to execute fraudsters crooks, thieves, anyone connected with stealing money including MPs Government officials and even the Lawyers who dashed to try and bail the crooks. No Bail, no trial, no prison time and guess what it all stopped. Even Law firms who had profited from defending crooks had to pay all back and were held in prison until they complied. Its amazing how honest people become if you are to be shot without argument as soon as you are found out. Even at road blocks if they caught… Read more »
Dada K

Soon these Culprits will face the tune of Shoot To Kill.

madalitso chilombo chilombo
madalitso chilombo chilombo

chanika ndiye mumutani? ameneyu akudziwa zambiri. kill her ndikamamuna kakuba kake

Cashgate 1

Seems honey moon for the robbers has just begun. Lets wait and see how the police will end this honeymoon since the honeymooners are police themselves.

Ngwati Balamusi

This is an inside racket. How can robbers know the security code of the bank. This has nothing to do with the President or votes being stolen. How can a party win elections when in most cases it concentrates on one region?

Richard Pankomera

Because in that region there are more voters


Apolice mukutani mukulepera ntchito kodi mukufuna Army ni ma Game Ranger akugwireni ntchito yanu tell them u have failed


FMB are croojs. Not the first time tis happened with this stupid bank


Pena ndimaziona ngati zoziyamba dala. Why would someone withdraw 45 million from the bank at one go? Why not settle bills by cheques? If it is for salaries why not pay he workers direct into theip bank accounts? .

Noor Ahmed kazembe

I think the soldiers need to be given more power to patrol in our street.

More From Nyasatimes