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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akwa ibom

Amitofo nde kuti imagula anthu?


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

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… Read more »
ibrahim makwati

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

Silent Observer
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… Read more »

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


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

Lovemaniac 91

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

ikamuna yamemena

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

Howard Kachipanda

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

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