A cross-section of concerned citizens in Malawi’s commercial City of Blantyre have expressed worry over the increase in crime alleged to have been perpetrated by street kids.
In a random interview with Malawi24, some people in the City said crimes committed by these kids include body attacks on the citizens and snatching of personal belongings especially hand bags and money.
Joyce Khoso, one of the victims who was once attacked by street kids, said that she met her fate around 5am when she was on her way to Blantyre Flea Market where she does a small business.
“Am one of the people who was once attacked by these kids. These kids are dangerous, they can injure or even kill a person,” Khoso said.
According to her a group of about 10 teenagers threatened her with small objects including knives and this forced her to surrender everything as was demanded by the kids.
Malawi24 has also gathered reports that there is a syndicate on the issue as some of the kids are sent by older men to do the malpractice in order for them to pocket what the kids have collect.
In a separate interview, Assistant Public Relations officer for Blantyre Police, Andrew Mayawo, confirmed that the incidences are happening but he was quick to say that currently they haven’t recorded any case involving on such attacks.
“Yes indeed it is possible that these malpractices are happening but the problem is that we have no records regarding the matter,” said Mayawo.
The number of street kids begging for alms have of late escalated due to rising levels of poverty, death of parents, and lack of parental care among other factors.