Bushiri says now enjoying Malawi government support: ‘My country has accepted me’
South African based Malawian investor, preacher and philanthropist Shepherd Bushiri, popularly known as Major One, has said he is now enjoying Malawi government support and the strained relationship is water under the bridge, saying he is ready to boost the country with his investments in tourism, agriculture and hospitality.
Bushiri said at an impromptu news conference in Lilongwe when he attended the opening of this year’s Malawi Investment Forum at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).
“This is the first time that I am coming to Malawi to take part in the investment forum,” said Bushiri who in a March was invited by government to address a Malawi-Japan Investment conference at Sandton in South Africa.
“What I have seen is very pleasant, I have been taken by surprise. I have no doubt in five or 10 years Malawi will be one of the growing business hubs in this part of Africa.”
Malawi Investment Forum is a platform where the country sells its investment opportunities across the world – about 300 delegates are participating at this year’s two-day event.
Bushiri was given recognition as his Shepherd Bushiri Investments (Pty) Limited (SBI) has now operations in the country and is creating jobs.
SBI founder was given a seat in the front row together with the President and sat next to ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the center, Bintony Kutsaila and several government officials including ministers were paying homage to the spiritual leader also fondly called ‘Papa’.
Bushiri said he wants to make “huge investments in Malawi” and contribute to national development.
He said: “Currently, I have invested heavily and I will continue doing so. We will be venturing into tourism and agriculture before going into mining because there is huge potential in tourism as Malawi’s tourism sector is growing.”
Bushiri said he takes government’s gesture in inviting him to the Investment Forum and giving him a VVIP front rise seat as an acceptance.
“It shows that my country has accepted me,” he said.
Bushiri’s company has bought seven plots in Lilongwe and is working on a hotel project along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road, estimated to cost $21 million (about K15 billion).
SBI has footprints in a number of countries including his base in South Africa where it bought Sparkling Waters and Spa in 2016 and has since invested $100 million (K73 billion) in renovations, creating over 1 000 jobs in Rustenburg.
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I am not a follower of the prophet but this is commendable, Major. Hope we see the results soon! Thanks for investing in the country.
mmmmm inu investment ya awa ya mma news basi……..sizimawoneka ndi maso timawona ma hotel a Postor simama, ma filling station , ma truck ..koma awa amangoti ma investment alikuti………chabwino a boma akulandirani mumati muzathana ndi mavuto a magesi in 48hrs …tathana nawoni kuti mwina tikukhulupilileni…ine ndikazawona hotel yanuyo mpamene ndizakhulupilira bwana…koma pano ndikutengani kuti u are just the lubwest postor
nothing new here.You could see that the man of god was under pressure in his adopted home.He had no where to turn to should shit hit the fan there. As cunning as he has always been, he has been courting the Malawi Govt so that apeze pothawila zikavuta.Ena ndi aja amati apita ku Souf afilika to discuss problems faced by malawians such as having R3000 on entry into the country.In reality, thats the man of gods work in trying to mitigate any unfavorable circumstances that may be presented by the govt of SA
Self-confessed critics have been quiet since yesterday after seeing a successful investment conference and APM’s incredible speech and vision. And where was the much-hyped VP Chilima? No show. Playing golf like all the previledged people do.
Government has scored highly on this investment conference and well done to Bushiri for taking part and showing interest to be part of what promises to be a GREAT project.
Where are the DPP cadets led by Chief Lundu who loathed Bushiri with passion when he was associating himself wth Joyce Banda?
So now Bushiri has ceased to be satanic or illuminati? Or the DPP has joined the illuminati?
This will be a good operational research to investigate how a poor country with high level corruption, nepotism, mismanagement of public resources, poor leadership and no energy can turn investment into social and economic growth. APM is the lead investigator.I will happy to attend dissemination of the results and recommendations.
Oooh God please Remove the scales of blindness from the eyes of my fellow MALAWIANS so that we can see that BUSHIRI IS the only Answer to the hardships the country is facing otherwise We will regret /suffer Like never before in human history
PLEASE PAC CSOS CHURCH LEADERS CHIEFS PARENTS YOUTHS INVITE BUSHIRI TO COME AND HELP GOVERN THE COUNTRY AS WAS THE CASE WITH KAMUZU
THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IS NOW
MAY GOD BLESS OUR LAND
This is great but I hope they are not doing this just to get you to fund their compaign.
The desperate DPP thinks Bushiri is popular politically. Sounds like a miscalculated move. Suddenly you now love the boy you hated with passion. You want to use him anda later dump him like you have done with baby.