Chakwera denies smuggling Bushiri to Malawi: South Africa wants to extradite ‘fugitives of justice’

President Lazarus Chakwera has  rejected assertions that he facilitated to smuggle Prophet  Shepherd Bushiri on the President’s plane out of  South Africa on Friday when the Malawi leader was returning home from a two-day visit of Pretoria.

Chakwera: Denies to have smuggled Bushiri but what will his government do, will they extradite him or keep him?

Some social media outlets have been setting the narrative that Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church who has returned home in Malawi contravening his bail conditions was offered a ride on the President’s plane together with his wife, Mary.

The Malawi leader  used a chartered flight to fly directly into Waterkloof Airforce Base, which is a national key-point reserved for South African Military and heads of state. Waterkloof airport does not conduct the same procedures and searches that are done at the normal airport, especially for the Presidents and their emissaries.

President Chakwera speaking through his spokesperson and Press Secretary Brian Banda said that is not true that he assisted Prophet Bushiri to jump bail in South Africa.

Said Banda: “The allegation that Prophet Shepherd Bushiri came on the same flight with the president is false.”

According to Banda,  Prophet Bushiri’s situation was not even discussed during talks between the Malawi leader and South Africa President Cyril Rampahosa.

President Chakwera flew to Pretoria for a two-day working visit and met his South African counterpart on Friday. The two leaders engaged in bilateral talks along the lines of national development and cooperation between the two countries, including special permits for Malawian citizens working in South Africa.

It is reported that Bushiri arrived in Malawi earlier than President Chakwera’s home return.

His lawyer confirmed Bushiri arrived in Malawi  while Chakwera was in Pretoria.

Chakwera’s departure in the rainbow nation was delayed several hours   on Friday as the  plane carrying him  and his entrouge back to Malawi was subjected to search by South African security agents  after Bushiri did not report to authorities as per his bail conditions, and there  were whispers that the prophet might be smuggled out using the president’s jet. But he wasn’t on it.

South Africa police subjected Chakwera’s traveling party to searches multiple times at the Waterkloof Military Base in Pretoria and later ordered the entourage, except Chakwera and a few close aides, to go to OR Tambo Airport, from where they would board the President’s jet.

At OR Tambo the entourage checked in through the VVIP section under military and police escort all the way to the aircraft where a police officer literally checked every passport against the face of each passport holder.

Following delaying of president’s flight, State House issued a  statement  which said: “President Chakwera’s departure from South Africa has been delayed several hours due to clerical glitches in travel arrangements for Malawi State Officials who had travelled to South Africa ahead of the president’s arrival.

“As such, the president elected to wait until every Malawian in his delegation was assisted so that they could all be accounted for upon return. As the exercise is almost complete, His Excellency and his entourage will be departing anytime tonight.”

However, those in the diplomatic circles  said the President does not have to wait for a forward planning team. A forward planning team is usually the last to leave the country, following the president.

When travelling between South Africa and Malawi, you do not need to do any “clerical” paperwork, except to take out your passport and get it stamped, and you pass. So the “clerical glitch” that State House statement referred to here could be far from the truth and that they were delayed for being wrongly suspected to assist Bushiri break bail conditions.

Meanwhile,  South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services  Ronald Lamola has said they will seek an extradition process for Bushiri.

“Malawi is a signatory of the SADC protocol and other legal instruments on extraditions. We will not hesitate to invoke these provisions and instruments to assist law enforcement agencies to extradite fugitives of justice,” Lamola tweeted on Saturday.

But Bushiri said he and his wife “temporarily” left for Malawi due to safety concerns.

“There have been clear and evident attempts to have myself, my wife and my family killed and despite our several attempts to report to authorities, there has never been state protection,” Bushiri said.

The preacher  claimed that he and his wife were being persecuted in South Africa.

He said they will only avail themselves once there’s an agreement to give him a fair, just and impartial trial.

The pair face charges of fraud, theft and money laundering and are currently out on bail.

Bushiri set five demands to ensure a fair, impartial, and just trial.

These include assurances of his safety while in the country and the assurance that their bail will not be revoked.

He also demanded that the investigating officers recuse themselves and that the complaints he lodged against them be investigated.

Bushiri further demanded that independent and “professional” investigators be appointed to “make independent decisions on the cases were are allegedly accused of.”

Questions are raised how he managed to return home when he had surrendered all his travel documents to South African authorities.

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Chillz
Chillz
8 months ago

Miracle escape 😂😂.sitingazinvetse but he didn’t travel with president enanu mwagodana now a president. You even don’t understand how those two don’t like each other

Chekamtanda
8 months ago

Kkk president has right to protect it’s citizen….congrats Lev. Chakwera.

James Phirj
James Phirj
8 months ago

Bushiri and the wife were most likely smuggled hidden in a vehicle across land borders into Malawi or else using false or duplicated passports. Bribes being paid along the way when necessary. South Africa’s and our borders are porous.

malawi wabwino
8 months ago

Many Malawians are in South African prisons, why the president , I mean the malawi president who we all respect as a gentleman faith and religious leader could thought to help only Bashiri. What is in the background.This is the stupid thing the president had to make

Pantumbo Chakwera
8 months ago

Komatu a Reverend Chakwera mufera za zii.

Tasha
Tasha
8 months ago

The truth will prevail no matter what

Moqtadar al Sadir
8 months ago

Don’t take Chakwera as one of the two stupid presidents who vandalized Malawi Bakili Muluzi and Muthalika Arthur. He can’t sink that low to smuggle in mbava ngati Bushiri.

Kaude
Kaude
8 months ago

Musathe mawu. Wavomeratu

Pulo
Pulo
8 months ago

I clear see the hand of our president. Though they didn’t travel together. He facilitated the move. He stole millions some of funded mcp

Jah
Jah
8 months ago

Anthu akhala akunena kuti munthu okuba uyu. Nanga taonani mpaka president kuthawitsa munthu

Vil Avril WaMavhundu
Vil Avril WaMavhundu
8 months ago

A man of God seeking assurance from man, demand a fair trial from man, afraid of dying at the hands of man, demands guarantee for his security from man. Oops something is missing here. I thought all these demands he can get them from God. Is it not evident enough that Bhushiri and God doesn’t know each other?

Apochere Dunia
Apochere Dunia
8 months ago

Both Chakwera and Bushiri’s stories do not add up. The timeline involved in the movement of these two people seem to tally and if you remember you will agree that at one point before Chakwera departed for South Africa he did mention that he would bring up Bushiri’s issue when he meets his counterpart only to tell us that during their discussions they didn’t discuss Bushiri’s issue, really? Well, Chakwera’s damage control crew are saying their boss knows nothing; if that holds then Chakwera as a responsible person, he should order his police and not wait for Interpol, to arrest… Read more »

Pastor Charles Toworfe
Pastor Charles Toworfe
8 months ago

Anti Christ will rule this world. His time is set and this will be after THE LORD HAS RAPTURED HIS OWN. See, widom is given by GOD to HIS children ; AND without which HIS children perish. We will not give ourselves to devils which unfortunately, you seem to be counting yourself as one. We will move out of devilish territories. You can’t know this and you cant understand either. Did you know GOD told Joseph to take Mary and the child and run to Egypt bcos Herod wanted to kill the child? DONT WORRY. YOU HAVE JUST BEGUN TO… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Pastor Charles Toworfe
Tati Malume
Tati Malume
8 months ago

They surrendered their travel documents, therefore, they could only be smuggled by Chakwera to come back home. In his statement, he lied that they arrived on Wednesday into Malawi. Why was he mute on his escape until Saturday evening after Chakwera had arrived early in the morning? If not on the president’s plane, how did he travel without docs? What mode of transport to cross countries into Malawi without being detected? You can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time!

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