South Africa-based Malawian, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church International (ECG) is taking online publication Malawi Voice to court for allegedly reporting that the multi-billionaire prophet was involved in the death of Grace Chinga, among others.
In a letter to Malawi Voice, lawyer Raphael Kasambara SC says he had been asked by Prophet Bushiri to commence legal proceedings if the online publications failed to retract the said stories that run from March 17 to March 19.
Malawi Voice editor Justice Mponda, who is also President Peter Mutharika’s press officer, is yet to respond.
Mponda is making the proximity war between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Prophet Bushiri now closer to the President and his government.
Kasambara in the letter says it was absurd to label Bushiri as a member of a dark forces cult known as illumnati and that he made several unsuccessful attempts to persuade late Chinga join the cult.
However, Llyod Phiri one of the people leading Grace Chinga’s funeral denied the rumours and distanced the family from such.
In the letter seen by Nyasa Times, Kasambara said online paper alleged following Chinga’s refusal to join the cult, Bushiri allegedly organised the death of Chinga.
“We would like to dismiss the allegations as malicious, unfounded and defamatory. Our client and Grace Chinga were never friends. Our client (Bushiri) is not a member of any cult and no attempt was ever made to recruit her into any cult. Our client was not and is not in any way involved in the death of the said Chinga,” says the letter in part.
Kasambara refutes the allegations that Bushiri wanted to assist with a coffin and decorations of Robins Park for the funeral of Chinga adding that his donation of K44 million to the Football Association of Malawi was conceived way before the death of Chinga.
“Whilst we appreciate your contributors or staff writers’ right to enjoy the latitude of freedom of press, the allegations they reported on clearly crossed the line from reporting fair comment and news to defamation and character assassination,” says the letter in part.
Kasambara has there asked Malawi Voice, to write a letter of apology to Bushiri and retract the articles and apologise to the prophet through the online publication.
Minister of Sports Grace Chiume unsuccessfully failed to stop FAM from getting the K44 million donations from Bushiri.
DPP cadres on Saturday sang songs against Bushiri at the funeral of Chinga.
Bushiri has said he is not harbouring presidential ambitions and said he would not compete at the ballot box during the 2019 polls which Mutharika has declared he would win.
Followers of Bushiri have told the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to leave their man of God alone.
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