HRDC cautions Malawi govt against rushed decisions on Bushiri’s extradition 

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has cautioned the Malawi government against rushed decisions in handling the extradition process of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leaders Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary.

Rev Sembereka: Bushiri survived an assassination attempt but despite reporting the matter to South African authorities, he was not heard.

HRDC executive member, Rev. Macdonald Sembereka further calls on authorities not to forget that prophet Bushiri is Malawian hence his rights and humanity should not be compromised.

He adds that “all necessary legal processes and treaties including the SADC Protocol on Extradition should be carefully observed and respected.”

HRDC’s position come barely a week after some Senior chiefs and religious leaders made similar remarks, asking government against extradition Bushiri to Pretoria, South Africa to face criminal charges.

One of the pastors, Reverend Malani Mtonga said Bushiri being a Malawian was flying the country’s flag in the rainbow nation; hence, government must listen to his case.

“We understand that he [Bushiri] opened a case of extortion against some police officers and the same police officers are the ones arresting him. This matter needs to be checked where it is now. It doesn’t make sense that he has to be arrested by the same officers whom he opened a case against,” he said.

Bushiri and wife left South Africa during the first week of November  where they jumped bail  while answering fraud and money laundering charges citing security concerns and also fears of not getting a fair trial.

The South African Government last week asked Lilongwe to extradite the Bushiris to the Rainbow Nation  and  Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda has signed extradition papers after being served by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

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Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
7 months ago

HRDC you are the voice of the voiceless. I always give acredit on how you helped to remove DPP government. Please stand with our prophet Bushiri. Malawi government must demonstrate that it loves it’s citizen. If only it makes any mistake it will be a million million people going to street to demonstrate. All issues of fuel, corruption, scarcity of money, hunger, are burning in most malawians. If the government add the issue of bushiri it will just be an influence. If malawians will decide to go to the street I don’t know how many people will go. Know this… Read more »

AtuganireSA. an
AtuganireSA. an
7 months ago

Apite ameneeo ndikuyesa kuti nawonso akuwaimba milandu ya extortion ma HAWKS. Anthuwadi ndi aboza komanso.akubadi. Normalizing mistakes is a Gross abnormally! Umboni was ma HAWKS ndi poison wovuta kuusasa! Kumachita kuwaputa ma Buno misala kwabasi

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
7 months ago

These people needs to work up. Yes this guy is a Malawian but has committed a crime outside the country. Are you saying the government should defend them despite their unacceptable crimes committed outside the country? Wow

Concerned citizen
7 months ago

South African prisons have a good number of our brothers and sisters, when have you ever talked on their behalf? Do you even know their names and what they have been accused of?

Alice
7 months ago

Well done HRDC. You really fight for Malawians rights. Being a diaspora is not a crime.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Do you remember the two accountants at Blantyre Water Board who ran away to Botswana or thereabouts? Did the Malawi Government not involve Interpol to bring them back? Did HRDC ask Botswana not to rush in bringing them back? What is so special about Bushiri? Is he an angel? If he committed a crime he must go back to where he committed the crime. Is Malawi a safe haven for criminals? Pokhapa mwalakwitsa. Lisiyeni lamulo ligwire ntchito.

Dzinyete
Dzinyete
7 months ago

Bullshit! Bushiri shud answer his cases why shud he be protected. La fote lakwana. Apite akayankhe akuopanji mxuiii. Ankaba ndife mesa iye ankadya money yake kunjako nde lero zitikhudze. Nanuso a sembereka kupepera

Last edited 7 months ago by Dzinyete
Mulopwana
7 months ago

Akupatsani chani?

Mulopwana
7 months ago

Prophets who can not see their own future. Terrible prophets imdeed. A true prophet does not jump bail as he has God behind him

Rise and Fall of a Thieving Preacher

You are becoming crazy now. Do you really know what these false prophets are after? Do they consider the rights of people when they tell them to stop taking vital medications like ARTs? Do they consider the rights of the people they steal money from? South Africans are also humans and their right were allegedly abused by Bushiri himself. Deep down his heart he and others prophets know that this is a business to they. They want to survive. HRDC should know that what the government is doing is follow the laws. What does the law say on Bushiri jumping… Read more »

Alice
7 months ago

Prophet Bushiri does not stop his congregants from taking any type of medication. The question is why is Malawi gvt doing things of Bushiri in a hurry. Let’s see if SADC will vote vote for Malawi president. We don’t even see the benefit of SADC resolutions. SADC is failing to solve Zimbabwe problems. They just meet and have allowances, that’s all. Malawi can look to east if the south is treating Malawi badly. Being a poor nation is not a crime that every journalist and social media must bully Malawi, no. As long as we have God in our nation… Read more »

Lego
7 months ago
Reply to  Alice

What is your point here?Do you support of what Bushiri did?By running away from justice that shows he is guilty already.

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