Malawi Police officers in Mzuzu city are keeping in custody seven people after they were caught stealing seven generators from a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse.
The seven include a former guard for MEC, two MEC guards who were on duty, officer in charge of the warehouse and three taxi drivers.
According to Mzuzu resident Julius Mithi, police intercepted the taxis carrying the stolen generators at the main gate of the warehouse. Mithi said the heist occurred at around 11 p.m. on Sunday but the background work for the robbery had started earlier that day.
“The officer in charge of the warehouse went to his office at around 5 p.m. yesterday where he opened it and took out the gen sets waiting to be taken in the middle of the night by a guard who stopped working at MEC about two years ago,” said Mithi.
However, police received a tip about the robbery while it was happening and officers who were on patrol rushed to the warehouse and intercepted the three taxis as they were about to leave the premises.
The seven are currently in custody at Mzuzu police as the officers are conducting further investigations on the issue.