South African based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the leader and founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church over the weekend continued to celebrate his birthday by taking on a cruise from Durban to Portuguese Island preaching the gospel and partying.
Bushiri spent US$5 million in the cruise party.
He told congregants in the cruise party that just as people need nourishing food to survive physically, they also need the gospel of Jesus Christ to survive spiritually.
The Prophet, fondly called ‘Major 1’ in cruise sermon noted that Jesus Christ Himself said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst (John 6:35).”
He also entertained the people by playing music instruments such as a piano.
Speaking in an interview after the end of the cruise party, Bushiri said though he had partied with spiritual touch, he remains concerned that many Malawians who are sleeping empty stomachs as hunger continue to bite hard on the impoverished southern African nation.
“I am not happy celebrating here while my countrymen are suffering. They are starving while here am eating, this is sad and am not enjoying this celebration at all,” Bushiri told Nyasa Times.
The ‘Major 1’ has lately involved himself in humanitarian work, a result that saw him donating maize in Malawi in the districts of Zomba, Karonga, Dowa and the cities of Mzuzu and Lilongwe, spending millions of Kwachas.
In Malawi, his quest to reach out to the poor has been met with mixed reactions with others alleging that he is eying the hot seat of ”Presidency’ in 2019.
He has also met “obstacles” from governing party DPP forcing him to suspend his charity work.
However, Bushiri has constantly and confidently refuted the assertion, saying standing for a presidential seat would be “demotion” to him for he is above presidents materially.
Bushiri who recently wrote President Peter Mutharika asking him to assure him of his security and support towards his efforts in salvaging the suffering citizenry of the nation maintained that he will resume his aid.
The Prophet said he only spent a quarter of his planned budget towards maize donations.
Bushiri confirmed to Nyasa Times that he received threats from DPP operatives.
“I got threats from some DPP officials,” said Bushiri.
Bushiri said President Mutharika has not responded to his letter.
“I hope he will come back to me as I am helping him as our President. Otherwise given an OK, I will resume my project of giving food to the needy.”
Bushiri stressed he has no intentions of joining politics now or in the near future.
“I am a man of God with a prophetic anointing and I am very contented with that.”
He further claimed that most chiefs have been afraid to cooperate with him because they are scared of Mutharika’s machinery.
The Man of God pointed out that that President Mutharika could not be aware of the bottlenecks he is facing in donating the maize.
Government officials reportedly told Bushiri to book an appointment with the President.
But Bushiri said he is not interested to “meet” the President, all he needs is “His assurance of my safety” as well as for the safety of people while he is giving them food.
Member of Parliament for Karonga Central Frank Mwenefumbo told parliament that he saw authorities threatening chiefs and people from receiving Bushiri’s maize in Karonga for fear he will get popular that the President.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :