The leader and founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is constructing a fence at Mzuzu Prison, with a budget amounting to an approximate of MK10 million.
On February 19 2016, the man of God, along with his entourage paid a visit to Mzuzu Prison where donations of various items were handed out and it is during this visit that the Prophet pledged to construct a wall at the prison.
For a long time the management at the said site was failing to use cell blocks that were constructed outside the main fense. Reasons are traced back to lack of security and fear of misconduct between inmates and management.
The lack of use thereof has, however, burdened the prison for a long time as it resulted in poor sanitation and congestion among inmates, specially during sleeping hours.
“I shed tears when the officer-in-charge explained the conditions that inmates are going through at this prison. I was so overwhelmed and felt it deep in my heart that i should help them out to the best of my ability. I believe my donations will make a difference,” Bushiri enunciated to the local papers then.
He also explained that Jesus died for those weak in faith, citing that his obligation as a spiritual leader is to help such lost sheep.
“I know people might not understand why am doing this, but if you read your bible very well, you will realise that Jesus never despised sinners. Actually, the first person to whom he guaranteed salvation was a thief that he was hanged with,” he said.
A few months after the pledge towards the construction of the wall, reliable sources have revealed that work is in progress. It’s been said that the money donated by Bushiri earlier was not enough to cater for the entire construction, however, the Prophet stretched his help even further by donating an extra MK2.5 million.
“The Prophet had this project at heart. His heart was immensely grieved at the mere sight of the prison and since his visit he has been asking and monitoring the progress. Fortunately, the management of the prison has done a great job. Confirmed reports received in my office reveal that the wall will be up soon and that inmates will finally use the blocks that were outside. The Prophet really loves the country and the welfare of people,” explained Kelvin Sulugwe, Prophet Bushiri’s Public Relations Officer.
According to statistics at the prison, the place was built to accommodate 200 inmates, however, it has over 500 inmates, a scenario that has brought about unspeakable problems at the institution.