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Peter Mutharika's aide carjacked in Malawi capital

Mercedes-BenzMZUZU—An aide to opposition Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika was Thursday carjacked by armed men who got away with the Mercedes Benz  vehicle he was driving in Malawi's capital Lilongwe.

According to Martin Nkasala, a family member, Phiri was driving home from a gym in Area 18 when the incident happened.

"He met four people pushing a woman [who appeared to be] in labour on a bicycle along the Presidential Drive. He stopped to offer them a lift to Kamuzu Central Hospital but later realised the men weren't even in need of any help at all.

"Even the one who had looked like a pregnant woman to him was a man. They [had] a gun and ordered him to take the road towards…Kamuzu Institute. When he wanted to turn a…police sub-station they threatened to kill him," Nkasala told MaraPost.

Phiri later told MaraPost he pleaded with the robbers to spare his life as they debated whether to kill him or not.

"They took me by the legs and arms and threw me into a river and fortunately enough I didn't hit any hard surface," he said.

Phiri said he reported the matter to police but MaraPost’s attempts to contact the relevant police station didn't yield results.
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