March 1, 2021

HRDC cautions Government on Bushiris extradition process

A member of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition HRDC], Reverend Mac Donald Sembereka, has cautioned the Government of Malawi against making rash decisions in handling the extradition process of Prophet Shepherd and Prophetess Mary Bushiri, who are wanted by South African authorities to answer a charge of fraud and money laundering, which they skipped bail and fled to Malawi.

Rev. Sembereka has reminded Malawian authorities that the Bushiris are citizens of Malawi and as such they have to be protected and defended; their human rights and humanity must not be violated at any cost.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lilongwe on Sunday, Rev. Sembereka, asked the Malawian authorities to carefully observe and respect all the necessary legal processes and treaties that Malawi is a signatory to, the SADC protocol on extradition of Bushiri back to South Africa.

Malawi’s Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda recently signed the extradition request as demanded by the South African authorities after Attorney General, Dr. Chikosa Silungwe SC had written both Government and the Minister advising them on the extradition requests.

The signing of the extradition requests has empowered the Malawi courts to issue a warrant of arrest for the couple so that they are arrested and sent back to face the justice system of South Africa which Bushiri made clear on his arrival in Malawi that he would not be accorded a fair trial in South Africa and his life is in danger.

Prophet Shephered Bushiri and his Enlightened Christian Gathering [ECG] Church are expected to hold the Miracle Crossover Night 2020/ 2021 at Umodzi Park in Lilongwe on 31st December 2020 following the cancellation of the first booking at Bingu National Sports Stadium at the eleventh hour when all the advertisements were made citing COVID -19 preventative measures as a major concern.

This will be the first ever Miracle Crossover Night to be held in Malawi having been held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa for the past 4 years. Malawi is privileged to host the event which will attract over 100,000 ECG church members and followers across the globe.

Meanwhile, Prophet Bushiri’s Bingu National Sports Stadium Miracle Crossover Night booking of K5 Million was cancelled and the Church has been demanding a refund. It has been discovered that the funds were stolen and that only K800,000 was deposited into the bank account while the remaining money was misappropriated.

Police have so far recovered K3 Million from one suspect and enquiries are being made to recover the remaining money while the third suspect, is on the run.

The two suspects, Wongani Ng’oma and Edwin Kambalame are in the hands of Lingadzi police station and will appear in court to answer a charge of theft by public servant, contrary to Sec 283[1] of the Penal Code.

By Vincent Gunde

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