Malawi Police in Lilongwe on Thursday arrested Noel Kaiya, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadet who was seen with a pistol when he accompanied Ben Phiri, the most powerful former aide of President Peter Mutharika, to a function in Thyolo on Sunday.
Kaiya was picked by police from his Area 49 residence and was taken to Kanengo Police Station for questioning.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the law enforcers were interested to question the DPP cadre to establish how he got the gun.
“We want to know whether his gun is licenced under his name and why he was brandishing it in public,” he said.
However, Police were coy in the matter as Kaiya is seen as an operative of Ben Phiri.
Phiri, who is DPP Director of Operations or Field Marshall, was launching his K10 million football, netball and bawo trophies when Kaiya brandished pistol in public and taking photos which have gone viral on social media.
But Phiri has disowned Kaiya, saying despite knowing him as a Thyolo homeboy, he is not part of his security detail.
Phiri said he has no “personal body guards” and that the function was held in his village backyard where he needed no security.