When the president was sworn in for his five-year term on Monday, May 27, the security man was on guard and prepared for anything with his spiked helmet, gas mask, assault rifle and shoulder pads.
The military officer, identified as Sub Inspector Ndenguma, also wore his battle camouflage, two pairs of sunglasses and four torches strapped to his spiked headgear.
The president won re-election in Malawi with 38% of the votes last week.
The 78-year-old Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring “I am not dead!” — a nod to rumours of his death that swirled ahead of the vote.
He added that “it is time to move on and develop the country”.
The election was the closest ever in Malawi and ended up in court after the opposition claimed there had been voting manipulation.
Malawi Congress Party‘s Lazarus Chakwera came second with 1.8 million votes, representing 35.41%.
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Malawi has been independent since 1964. This was the sixth presidential election held since single-party rule ended in 1994.
Malawi is one of the least developed and most impoverished countries in the world and nearly 53 percent of its 15 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.