Prophet Bushiri’s concerns on Malawi maize donation: Stick to right things first

In his winding open letter to the State President, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri raises interesting issues that demand immediate clarification so that he understands the role that government plays to ensure smooth working relations with the religious community.

Bushiri carrying maize at Karonga district hospital

Bushiri carrying maize at Karonga district hospital

That his food distribution exercise is a great gesture cannot be overstated. Thousands have already benefitted from his gesture and that goes a long way to alleviate hunger problems in our midst.

What we find off in Prophet Bushiri’s communication is two fold;  him raising pertinent issues to the head of state through the social media platforms and his presentation of concerns in unprecedented manner.

Why unprecedented? State and Church have always had a relationship defined by a special protocol when doing things. Note should be taken that Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) is not the first religious grouping to bail Malawians out in dire times like these. In the same vein, ECG is not the only religious institution at present which is going around the country to distribute food.

The foregoing means that Bushiri’s concerns on not receiving enough security during his exercises are all but true.

The Roman Catholic Church through their arm – Catholic Relief and Development Commission
(CADECOM), CCAP Synods through their relief departments, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Anglican Church and Muslim Association of Malawi are some religious bodies coordinating distribution of thousands of tonnes of maize to Malawians across the country.

Never at any time have these institutions demanded exaggerated security to carry out their
exercises. This is so because tradition has it that community leaders are capable of coordinating such programs without problems at all.

On assertions that some chiefs did not welcome him, all the man of God had to do was contact relevant government ministries and departments to intervene.

Under normal circumstances, chiefs are the first people to welcome help for their subjects. As earlier stated, most of the things Prophet Bushiri has complained about are unfounded as they emanate from what people are saying on the social media.

Most of the discussion therein is too opinionated and sensational and cannot be taken with grain
truth. As things are right now, every Malawian knows that the prophet is a spiritual leader nothing else. Those who opine that he is eyeing the Presidency in 2019 are doing so within the constitutional
parameters of their freedoms. It will therefore be lack of reason if anyone was to stop Bushiri’s exercise on speculation based on the 2019 polls.

President Mutharika has not even stopped any of his fellow politicians from opposition to help Malawians with food. How then can he stop someone whose political life is only true on the lips of
rumour mongers? It is advisable that food and politics do not cross paths and this is the underlying belief within Professor Mutharika’s government.

It is not late for Prophet Bushiri to book an appointment with the President where both his unfounded and founded concerns can be addressed once and for all. It is sad that the man of God has decided to suspend his exercise before sitting down with the head of state, not even his ministers or any government.

Next time – to avoid similar scenarios- the Prophet will need to talk to relevant authorities to avoid getting tricked by informal platforms such as social media whose purpose is to excite those with urge for pleasure.

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Bj
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Bj
7 months 2 days ago

Thats why I said a cow produces milk and feeds the whole village and does not make noise but when a chicken lays an egg it makes noise for the whole village to know that it has laid an egg. Like wise Bushiri case and the Malawian churches. CADECOM , CHURCH AID just to mention a few have been saving Malawians for decades but does not make noise. Lol

Ineyo
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Ineyo
7 months 5 days ago
Prophet Bushiri, thanks for coming to the aid of poor Malawians. Your works are a blessing to thousands and thousands of Malawians. Piece of advice though: do not distribute the maize the politician’s way, politicians and people will start speculating. Remember how people opposed to JB’s distribution of cows and goats? The idea was good but did not require the whole president to distribute goats and for that people were convinced that JB was using the stage to increase her political muscle. People would not like to see you carry loads of bags when you can easily employ other people… Read more »
waphuma
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waphuma
7 months 5 days ago

Social media, every body thinking he/she writes or comments only the truth and no two ways about it. Freedom of opinion and expression indeed. Very interesting especially when ones’ stomach is full.

Ama J
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Ama J
7 months 5 days ago

I think OPC needs to be respected, and protocols observed. do not expect to praised by everyone or rather being fully supported whenever you do charity work. God Himself will surely reward you if your heart is pure in doing his work. He is faithful and he never fails. We all know the situation we are in, lets join hands to support our country. For advisors please let us be honest and advise constructively. I am not taking sides here.

Let Us Pray
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Let Us Pray
7 months 6 days ago

There is no issue here. Man of God just keep on doing the good work that you have already started. Of course anthu ena sangakondwe nazo, ndimmene zimakhalira padziko lapansi, but for sure the Lord is pleased with the work you are doing. Please resume the exercise and keep it up.

mac
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mac
7 months 6 days ago
Since Bushiri is more important than Jesus (he has to be to demand a battalion to provide security for him), why can’t he just distribute the food through his church rather than be part of it himself. If the idea is humanitarian assistance, do we really have to have him come and stretch the security system that is already on the point of breaking. The Pope is distributing food in Malawi currently through the Catholic church organization – at no time have we heard the whole pontiff will fly to Malawi to carry maize around whilst being followed around by… Read more »
Honeycomb Chidyauzu
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Honeycomb Chidyauzu
7 months 6 days ago
I do not think that the author of this article read propher Bushiri’s entire open letter to the President . The Prophet mentioned it that the police are not ready to work with him because they are afraid of being victimised as was the case to those who worked with him during his crusade in Mzuzu last year. Everyone heard that the officers were demoted and some transfered to remote areas for giving prophet Bushiri a VIP treatment during the crusade. He is asking if at all the President is aware of this. Please do not just try to critisise… Read more »
MIKE KADZUWA
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MIKE KADZUWA
7 months 6 days ago

respect the OPC if the office respect the people.
What is happening in malawi is childish,nonsense and its like zamasanje.

dalitso
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dalitso
7 months 6 days ago

Why the government is not reaching Bushiri if at all they have no hidden agenda. Do not bring your arguments that other churches are doing so Bushiri should do the very same pattern. Stop your politics because you and I knows that Bushiri’s charity is led by him as leader of a church unlike the other churches you are mentioning. You tell me if Pope had to join in distribution, what would be your assessment? I r

Major 2
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Major 2
7 months 7 days ago

what a trash article, written by an amateur write, worse than a freshman. if this is what u call an analysis, I doubt your academic qualifications Mr Writer. sentence by sentence …typical of a mercenary writer. inu mukulemba trash but the fact is anzanu akufa ndinjala. to hell

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