Stolen Namibian hardware finds a market in Angola

Computing

Computers and hard drives stolen from various ministries and Government agencies are finding a ready market in neighbouring Angola. According to reliable sources, electronic equipment stolen in Namibia seems to have a ready market in Angola where it fetches a handsome price in hard currency.

On Friday morning the offices of the State Veterinary Services in the capital's Robert Mugabe Avenue were broken into and thieves got away with seven hard drives valued at approximately N$50000 and flexicall cards worth N$200. The incident left most of the building's windows, burglar bars and six doors damaged.

This is the second break-in after the first one on May 16 when electronic equipment valued N$20000 was stolen. State Veterinarian, Dr Siegfried Khaiseb, said, "The thieves broke the lock of this gate, gained access to the building and with an unknown object, broke the doors of the front offices. We want to know where the security guard was at the time of the break-in, because we have been having problems of guards clocking in late for duty here," said Dr Khaiseb.

Police reports show that thieves have been targeting computer hard drives in Government and union offices, with the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Spot and Culture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Trade, Khomas Regional Offices, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Rössing Foundation, Namibian Farm Workers Union (NAFWU) as well as the Namibia Transport and Allied Union (NATAU), having fallen victim.

The Namibian Police are investigating possible links to an Angolan market. It is suspected that such stolen items may be sold through a syndicate in Angola. Spokesperson of the Namibian Police, Sergeant Stefan Nuuyi, said they were aware of the latest break-in at the State Veterinary offices. "No suspects have been arrested so far. On the issue of (stolen) computers being sold on the Angolan market, we have heard about it and our investigating officers are dealing with it," said Nuuyi.

(source: New Era)