Blantyre Police on Saturday arrested People’s Party (PP) provincial youth secretary for South, Manfold Kaunda, before releasing him on bail six hours later.
Kaunda was picked for interrogation in connection with the assault of Ben Phiri who is director of operations for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and personal assistant to President Peter Mutharika.
Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala confirmed Kaunda’s arrest, but said he was later released on bail while investigations were still continuing.
“He was arrested on suspicion that he is one of the suspects who assaulted [Ben] Phiri but we released him on bail as our officers continue with investigations into the matter,” said Divala.
In an interview with The Nation on Sunday, Kaunda said six plain-clothed officers invaded his house at Manase in Blantyre and took him to Blantyre Police Station.
“It was around 1pm when they came to pick me at my house to Blantyre Police Station. I was questioned before they released me around 6pm after some PP officials such as Mr Ken Msonda [PP spokesperson] and provincial governor [South] Isaac Nyakamera came to bail me out,” Kaunda said.
Phiri was allegedly assaulted on March 18 2014 at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre by about 15 youths he identified as PP operatives who were led by the party’s youth director Lemani Chapitapansi.
He spent a few days at Blantyre Adventist Hospital after sustaining internal injuries.