Leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering [ECG] Church Prophet Shephered Bushiri says his right to life is more important than any asset in this world.
Bushiri made the remarks soon after he was granted unconditional release by Principal Magistrate Viva Nyimba on Thursday in Lilongwe following his arrest after being issued with a Warrant of Arrest by Interpol from Pretoria in South Africa.
He said he was informed that some of his assets have been confiscated by authorities after jumping bail granted by the Pretoria Magistrate Court and where he was to answer to the charge of fraud and money laundering.
Pretoria Magistrate Thandi Theredi asked the State prosecutors to call the Bushiri’s three times while in court, but the couple did not show up as they were in their native country, Malawi.
The Pretoria Magistrate made a default ruling by ordering all of Bushiri’s property seized and forfeited to State, including his state of the art mansion built in Pretoria at a total cost of over R5.5 Million which is approximately MK 297 Million.
Bushiri said he and his wife appeared before the Magistrate court in Malawi following the decision they took to hand themselves over to Malawi Police on Wednesday morning after they heard that law enforcement Agencies were looking for them.
In his ruling on Thursday, Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba ordered for unconditional release of Prophet Shepherd and Prophetess Mary Bushiri describing their arrest in Malawi as illegal.
The Magistrate also ruled that whenever they have a case against the couple, they should appear before court through summons not arrests.
State Lawyer, Steve Kayuni filed a notice for further detention of the Bushiri’s for 30 days to allow the State to have time to finish communication with the South African authorities on extradition process to South Africa where Bushiri and his wife, Mary, absconded bail.
Lawyer representing the Bushiri’s, Wapona Kita, argued that the court was sitting illegally as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs did not issue any authority to proceed with the case in Malawi.
Kita argued that the Bushiri’s ruling was made basing on legality of their arrest in Malawi and not what happened in South Africa, saying that is for another day.
…….’’Whatever has happened today, I don’t see it as our victory neither nor our lawyers, God has won,’’….said Bushiri outside the court to tens of hundreds of church followers and well –wishers who came with placards in solidarity with them.
By Vincent Gunde