Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Deputy Commander Griffin Supuni Phiri was involved in midnight fracas with police at his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on Wednesdaynight.
Reports indicate that the deputy MDF chief was involved in a brawl with police officers investigating a robbery.
In separate interviews, Both National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo and MDF spokesperson Francis Kakhuta Banda confirmed the fracas involving the deputy Army commander.
However, neither the police nor MDF could immediately confirm reports of a brawl or reports of a brief arrest.
“We can confirm that police received a report of an incident at the deputy Army commander’s residence which we are currently investigating,” said Manjolo while pledging to come up with details of the incident later.
On his part, Kakhuta-Banda confirmed “a misunderstanding had ensued between police officers and the deputy commander”, but said the matter had been resolved.
Sources said the incident happened following a robbery at the house of the deputy commander’s neighbour where a security guard is reported to have fled the scene and jumped into Supuni-Phiri’s compound.
The guard, from a private security company, was apprehended in the compound and taken back to the house where uniformed and civilian police from rapid response units had arrived following distress calls from the attacked family, according to sources.
It was then that Supuni-Phiri is alleged to have been embroiled in a fracas with police, but it is not clear whether the deputy MDF commander had identified himself to the police.
Supuni-Phiri was recently appointed deputy commander to replace John Msonthi Junior who was replaced alongside former MDF commander Henry Odillo.
The incident, coming hot on the heels of the recent shooting of an MDF soldier in Zomba by police patrol officers, has raised fears of tensions between the two security agencies.
The development may further raise questions about the security of top government officials amid uncertainty of presence of security detail for the senior army officer during the incident.