Magistrate Viva Nyimba jails kidnapper 15 years: Wanted to sell man at Amitofo

Blantyre Magistrates Court has convicted and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour one of the two men who kidnapped a 33-year-old man and attempted to sell him at K5 million (approximately US$8,772).

Magistrate Viva Nyimba: Handed down hefty 15 years jail term

Magistrate Viva Nyimba: Handed down hefty 15 years jail term

The two suspects namely Nowa Madson, 20, and Maxwell Mitawa, 23, kidnapped Patrick Julio and on Tuesday tried to sell him to Amitofo Care Centre in Limbe in the commercial city of Blantyre –  a Chinese-run orphanage.

According to police, the two lied to the victim that they have found a job for him at Amitofo Care Centre where he would be paid K20, 000.00 (about US$32.25) monthly but he was surprised to discover that he was taken there to be sold.

And Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba on Thursday convicted and jailed Nowa Madson after he pleaded guilty to the offence of kidnapping.

Surprisingly, Madson’s accomplice, Mitawa pleaded not guilty and will go to trial next week.

The two were charged with Kidnapping contrary to Section 263 of the Penal Code.

In mitigation, Madson pleaded for leniency, claiming he was first offender but the Magistrate rebuffed the plea and slapped him with a 15-year jail term.

Madson and Mitawa had planned to sell Julio at K5, 000,000.00. Police managed to rescue him after being tipped by the Amitofo personnel.

Madson hails from Solomoni village, T/A Mlolo in Nsanje while Mitawa comes from Biliati village, T/A Makwangwala in Ntcheu district.

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34 thoughts on “Magistrate Viva Nyimba jails kidnapper 15 years: Wanted to sell man at Amitofo”

  1. akwa ibom says:

    Amitofo nde kuti imagula anthu?

  2. choncho says:

    of all places, why amitofo? Can u investigate these guyz. I mean, thet must b buying pipo and thats why those guyz had courage to go and sell their friend there

  3. Munthuwamba says:

    Something is not adding up here. I mean, why did the guys go straight to Amitofo centre to sell their colleague?? There is need for an in depth investigation here to find out the goings on at Amitofo centre. As they say, there is no smoke without fire. And while we are still at it, I would wish to commend the learned man of the bench Magistrate Viva Nyimba for meting out such a sentence to the offender. We need such kind of sentences to deter others from committing the same. As for the other moron who is wasting court’s time…… well, as they say matters that have not yet been determined are better left alone lest we be accused of trying to influence the outcome through emotional outbursts. You are the judge, so you know better.

  4. ibrahim makwati says:

    Amitofo care centre if u want more tell me i am on sale u must know samething abaut this don t say u don t know

  5. Oh, yes I totally agree that Amitofo must be investigated fully. The story has gaps like why did the man attempt to sell a fellow human being to Amitofo? There must be something that this man heard about Amitofo that’s why he gathered courage to go there. Fokofu ma judge ndi magistrate aku Malawi! You are good at sentencing poor people yet failing to track down the root causes of crime in Malawi because of corruption. Who does not know that Amitofo is in trafficking business? They claim to be helping needy children yet no nobody has ever graduated from college there. They lie about scholarships in Taiwan but none of Malawian children have benefited. In fact, they are taken there for karate shows that generate resources for Amitofo. Government through ministry of Gender knows the crappy business of Amitofo but because its top dogs benefit, they pretend everything is rosy. Search me if you want a big story from Amitofo, bola nanunso asakakudyetseni chi bun

  6. Serious says:

    How dumb are you ? Amitofo reported to police … Pls read story

  7. nene says:

    quastion mark to amitofo! kaliati and timothy mtambo apite akawoneko kumeneko

  8. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Some1 is reading my comments mwachikondi ndinso akumandisirira akhanakhala iyeyo. Accept situation guyz, jst feel bho wen u read my comments ndimakunyadirani!

  9. ikamuna yamemena says:

    Viva has to go to High court and help us sentence the cash gate thieves . If Malawi had judges like him thieves and would be offenders would think twice but a bunch of those corrupt men and women of the bench are giving us a raw deal. Bravo Viva show the people the teeth of the law rest they continue molesting the innocent

  10. Howard Kachipanda says:

    Kodi uyu wochita kidnap munthu mmodziyu ndi Lutepo anachita kidnap anthu 14 million anayenera kulandira zambiri ndi ndani? Kapindu uyankhe.

  11. noel says:

    If Amitofo buys people how come the director personally reported the matter to Police. Let’s appreciate otherwise she could’ve just let the offender go. Let’s chear AMITOFO

  12. MANYETERA says:

    SUCH SENTENCE WAS / IS SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN TO THE CASHGATERS

    LIKE SENZANI AND FRIENDS

  13. zinenani says:

    They were sent to find one person so more questions before jail to discover more about Amitofo and man trafficking

  14. Wachete says:

    But the question is; what prompted them tot Amitofu to sell their friend?
    Is Amitofu is the business of human trafficking?
    The police should investigate this orphanage care to get to the root cause of this issue otherwise I smell a rotten fish here.

  15. chimwerekumunda says:

    ZOONA WANENA SINDIZO KAFUKUFUKU ACHITIKE WOKHUDZA BUNGWE LA AMITOFO NKUTHEKADI AKUMAGULA ANTHU NANGA WOGULITSAYO ANAWADZIWA BWANJI? BWANJI SANAPITE NAWO MALONDAWO KU BANJA LA MTSOGOLO OLO KWA MULLI BROTHERS?? PATI BII PALI MINGATU APA!!!!!!!!!

  16. ... says:

    Koma achina lutepo 11 zokha basi.
    Malamulowa ngofunika kuawunikiranso bwino. It doesn’t make sense.

  17. mapapaya says:

    kuweruza koma uku.

  18. Harvey says:

    Nyasa Times Write somothing on those Human buyers. How can it happen a normal man selling his fell man to somebody who have never involve in such dirty business, surely its imporsible; and these are charmpions of the trade.

    Please tell us what they are saying when questioned have you told not to disclose? If you can not tell us what they are saying then your job is half way done, plz find out!

  19. Alfred says:

    Who gave the guys the orders for buying pipo?What does Amitofo do? As would be buyers, you leave them freely?

  20. Mabvuto says:

    NYIMBA MUST REALLY BE PROMOTED TO HIGH COURT JUDGE BECAUSE HE IS A NO NONSENSE MAGISTRATE THAN MANY HIGH COURT JUDGES WHO ARE BUSY RECEIVING BRIBES AT KAMBA ETC CLUBS.JUST WASTING TIME DRIVING POSH VEHICLES ANTHU AWAWONE KUTI NDI A JUDGE, CAN YOU IMAGINE SOMEONE PLUNDERING GOVT BILLIONS ONLY SENTENCED 11 YEARS? AND THE REALITY IS 6 YERAS ONLY TO STAY IN PRISON AAND YOU CALL THAT ONE A JUDGE.DID HE REALLY READ THE CASE HIMSELF OR SOMEONE JUST BRIBED HIM.SORRY

  21. Che Ngana says:

    Ziribwino Kuti Mitawa Waukana Mlanduwu.Zimenezi Zipangisa Kuti Buyer Akokedwe As The State Wants To Prove Beyond Reasonable Doubts That They Realy Took This Person Ku Amitifo Ndicholinga Chokamugulitsa.Ma Chineese Wa Kodi Ayambiranso Eti??

  22. anamalira says:

    well done Mr Nyimba , teach them a lesson , keep it up.

  23. ALOSWEA says:

    WHY amitofo ?who told them ?human market?chinese orphanage ?Police do your best,corner them give them a lower price,ambush the with secrete cameras,mbiri ya machinese ,adzidya abale ,let act like Israel ,defend our nation like bees,anthu wotupa masowa asamatizunze ,malawians we are beautiful

  24. Sindi says:

    1. Why did they want to sell him at Amitofo? Amitofo buys people, right? Find out.
    2. Promote Nyimba. He is far better off than a lot more of useless judges like Kenyatta, Muhara, Mzondie, etc

  25. Rich CJ says:

    Viva Nyimba is one of very few who work to save the nations interest. In every case which Viva is handling, we are assured that judgement handed accordingly and this give the warning to every kidnapper and human trafficers

  26. Zaire says:

    Kidnapping takes 15 years,and cashgate 11 years.
    This means that some judges are not judges enough,,,,bravo Viva Nyimba!!

  27. Mwini Dimba says:

    Ma judge amenewa ofunika awapatse mulandu wa a china Kasambara.alibe psyete.

  28. machendescom says:

    ife tikufuna the amitofo connection. they didn’t just wake up one day and decide to go there with a price tag on a human being. do your job police please!

  29. Mwini Dimba says:

    Ma judge amenewa akanawapasa mulandu wa Kasambara kuti aweruze alibe psyete.

  30. Ambuye says:

    Thus gud u ve slaped him with necessary years but what about mitawa?if this one pleading not guilty use the accomplish as state witness to slap him tactically.Viva Nyimba i silute u keep it up.

  31. Prodigalson says:

    Amitofo,afufuzidwe anthuwa anaziwa bwanji kuti kumeneko amaguko anthu?ndiye kuti anayamba kale kugula anthu.

  32. Wakwithu ndi Wakwathu says:

    that’s what we call a judgement Viva for another higher post.

  33. Mwitiwa says:

    So what about Amitofo Care Center? Do we allow this practice in this country? What wee they to do with a person Amitofo would buy? I have so many unanswered questions. I need more clarification.

  34. MAPWEVUPWEVU says:

    NGATI PALI MAGESTRATE AMENE AMANDIMALIZA PALI VIVA NYIMBA NDI NYAKWAWA USIWA AMAPEREKA DZILANGO DZONKWIMA OSATI MA GADGE ENAWA KAYA AMAKHALA ATADYAPO VIVA NYIMBA NDI NYAKWAWA USI NDIKUKUFUNILANI MOYO WAMPHAMVU NDI NTCHITO YABWINO ZIKOMO

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