Even in court ‘Major 1’ wows: ‘Bushiri is a man of God, ordained by God’ claims spokesperson

Calm, confident, majestic and stately could be words to describe how  Prophet Shepherd Bushiri  known  as Major 1 and wife, holding hands, entered the Pretoria magistrate court for the first hearing of their case.

Bushiri church congregants protested outside the court
Prophet Mboro  addressing hundreds of Bushiri’s congregants, who sang and demonstrated outside the court
A large group of Bushiri church congregants protested outside the court before the Bushiri couple’s appearance.
Bushiris spokesman Nyondo join supporters of man of God

Flanked by his lawyers and a swarm of police officers, Bushiri—who kept sharing jokes with his wife and some officers close to him—was majestic in his fashionable designer suits and his wife in well-tailored white dress.

As they were making their way into the court, thousands had already gathered outside the court in solidarity with the founder and leader of the Christian non-denominational evangelical church known as the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) .

Most of them were carrying placards bearing the ‘NO MAJOR 1 NO VOTE’.

Renowned church leaders such Prophet Mboro and senior Prophet Justice Hara were also at the court in solidarity with the Prophet.

Even leaders of Sanco and Black First Land (BLF) first were there.

The hearing of the case has been postponed to Wednesday. Thousands are expected to turn to the streets again in support of Major 1.

Bushiri and his wife Mary were arrested last week in Rustenburg and face charges relating to money laundering, fraud and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. The Hawks say their investigation extends back to  2015, when the incidents allegedly took place.

According to Times Live of South Africa,  Bushiri raised eyebrows in 2017 when he bought his daughter a R1.6m Maserati for her sixth birthday and posted the picture of the Maserati on his Facebook page with a caption wishing his daughter a happy birthday.

City Press reported that an affidavit from the Hawks states that Bushiri’s wife, “Prophetess Mary”,  purchased a jet for R15.3m (in cash, nogal) which allegedly contravened the exchange control regulations.

In the report, Times Live also cites Malawian publication,Nyasa Times reported that Bushiri bought a multimillion-dollar hotel in Rustenburg, North West, last year called Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa which is one of eight that the Bushiri owns in different countries under SB Hotels.

Bushiri and his wife were arrested at Sparkling Waters last week.

Authorities had already filed an application at the High Court in Pretoria, seeking its permission to seize the Bushiris’ luxury houses and cars, as well as the self-styled prophet’s Gulfstream private jet, which is parked in a private hangar at Lanseria Airport outside Johannesburg.

The Prophet’s spokesman Ephrain Nyondo has played down charges of fraud and insists Bushiri is a prophet and not a fraudster.

“Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is a man of God, ordained by God and whatever he does, he does under the authority for God,” Nyondo told 702 News.

Nyondo claims that Bushiri says his church is funded by various businesses he owns.

“There is a difference between Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the minister at Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and Bushiri the entrepreneur and that distinction should be clear.

“The church is managed by directors in all the branches across the world and we have 178 branches across the world and we have a corporate office that manages all these branches,” he said.

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Fishmonger...choya
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Fishmonger...choya

My bible teaches me not judge but lets judgement come from God ..period .How many of us have never committed a crime ?Are we angels myb?Bushiri is just a human like all of us for this reason we shouldn’t behave like angels plz.Do you know thar bushiri loves malawi as his home??Wapanga zingati zabwino kwathu kuno???

Nagama
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l personally l wish Bushiri , Mrs Bushiri and ECG family all the best. Love to Papa from Malawi.

Brazi
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Brazi

The end is nigh.

okawale
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okawale

I never been his follower but my fellow malawians let’s learn to love one another remember Bushiri has been helping the needy some few years amazagawa chimanga kuno thousands of people got relief maize, how many of us Malawians can do that , politicians only when they need votes. Malawi let’s love one another envy Will take us no where. I pray for him because he is my fellow black malawian. God be with you shepherd Bushiri

Mlakaviwa
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Mlakaviwa

Ordained by God. You bunch of thugs and now u are cornered as criminals

Observer
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Observer

The issue is about money laundering and fraud, not kubela osauka and the such like. I have never been a Bushiri follower but I think some comments here are based on envy. I have also wondered how he has got to be so rich, but that’s not what the Hawks are charging him with.
let’s give justice wheels a chance to turn. If he is guilty they will prove it. if not guilty, it shall as well be proven.

nyaka
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nyaka

God will fight this battle4him and those who hate him will be put2shame.

BigMan
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BigMan

Nothing wowing about money laundering.

Piper
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Piper

Why are Malawians always happy when someone is going through a bad patch? I’ll never understand the mentality. Maybe poverty is got something to do with it.

Mangochi kabwafu
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Mangochi kabwafu

What bad patch? A thief being caught is not bad patch.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Timkanena ife, akuti ngakhale Yesu atati Bushiri is fake, omutsatila bushiri anganene kuti Yesu akuchita naye jelasi bushiri. Brainwashed people