Government has watered down fears that crucial information may have been stolen after thieves Thursday night broke into the Central Internal Audit Unit (CIAU) offices in Lilongwe.
Ministry of Finance spokesperson Williams Banda said 23 computers have been stolen from the unit, which falls under the ministry.
However, he said the computers were new and meant to be distributed to various government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“No government information has been stolen both hard and in soft copy as all the computers were brand new,” he said parrying fears that the computers might have held vital evidence to on-going corruption cases.
The CIAU office helps in improving the use of public resources, reducing risks of corruption and financial management by ensuring that internal controls, governance processes, among others, are adequate and functioning.
Lingadzi Police spokesperson Salome Zgambo said officers rushed to the scene and have since launched an investigation into the theft of the computers valued at around K34 million.