There have been cases of armed robberies in Mzimba where two cars have since been stolen, Malawi police say.
It is believed that the robbers are mainly targeting cars because they have ready markets in Mozambique and Zambia.
Police publicist for Mzimba district, officer Kanjausu said the robbers usually carry out their malevolent operations during odd hours. He therefore sounded a warning to all drivers to drive carefully or just avoid driving during such dangerous hours.
“Like here, they robbed those cars around 9 PM thus our drivers must play safe,” he cautioned.
One of the drivers whose car was stolen recalled that the criminals hired his car like usual customers.
“They were about six of them. They hired my car around late at night telling me to drop them somewhere within Mzimba. When we reached close to DAPP TTC they told me to give them keys and leave the car or risk death,” he said.
According to the driver, when he tried to object the robbers produced pistols and panga knives ready to slay him but then he saved his life by bowing down to their calls and walked out of the car rickety with fear.
Another taxi driver, Ronald Hara in Mzuzu city said he lost his car in Nthungwa forest to armed robbers who told him to surrender the car or risk being shot.
“They took me at the car park around 22 hrs. They said I should drop them somewhere but when we reached Nthungwa they ambushed me and went away with my car,” said Hara.
Meanwhile police have called upon all drivers on night shifts to reason or engage assistants for their own security.
No any arrest has been made regarding the robberies but law enforcers claim to be operational round the clock to bring security in the area.