High Court judge abducted in Malawi, ‘traumatised’

Justice Rowland Mbvundula , a judge of High Court in Blantyre, was stopped and kidnapped and his official vehicle stolen at Mount Pleasant in Blantyre around 11pm on Saturday.

According to published reports, the attackers hijacked the judge’s official Toyota Prado TX vehicle registration MG 716 AF and stole assorted personal effects, including a laptop computer, auto-teller machine (ATM) cards and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Paul Chibingu said he is “aware of that incident” and assured that everything possible was being done to recover the stolen vehicle.

Justice Mbvundula@ Traumatised

Justice Mbvundula@ Traumatised

Chibingu said government is making efforts to equip the police to deal with the issue of security breakdown.

High Court of Malawi Joseph Chigona, who is spokesperson of the Judiciary, said Justice Mbundula was in a stable condition, but “very traumatised”.

“The information we have is that he was about to get into his vehicle when the criminals kidnapped and bundled him into a Toyota Corolla saloon that had just parked next to him.

“They chained his hands, blindfolded him before dumping him in Naperi. But the criminals went back to the scene where they just untied his hands so he managed to uncover his face and reported the matter to police,” said Chigona as quoted by The Nation.

The judiciary spokesman said all cases that were supposed to come before the judge have been adjourned to a later date to allow him to recover from the trauma.

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