Prophet Bushiri files defamation lawsuit against Malawi24 news site: Seeks K1.1billion damages

South Africa-based leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECGC) Prophet Shepherd Bushiri  has filed a lawsuit against Malawi24 an online news site for defamation over a “malaicious and reckless” article it published against the Man of God.

Bushiri: Sues online news site for defamation and libel
Dr Pearson Nkhoma: Sued by Bushiri

Bushiri is  also suing the publication’s owner Dr Pearson Nkhoma for the same  article which was posted online on April 2 2019.

Through private practice lawyers Lusungu Gondwe,  the ECG Church leader  is demanding K500 million for libel, a full retraction of the article and an exemplary claim for punitive damages of K600 million.

The High Court has since directed the defendant to, within 28 days after service f the summons, either satisfy the claim or file with the court a defence and list of documents.

ECG Church’s communications director and Bushiri’s spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo said it is not the wish of the prophet to fight  news organisations but  he is exercising his rights as a citizen to “protect himself, his ministry, his business and his family” from reckless attacks through false publications and social media abuse.

“Prophet Bushiri has suffered attacks, ridicule and gross misrepresentation online,” said Nyondo, a trained journalist himself.

In his submission to court, Prophet Bushiri states the online publication has damaged his reputation  a sa preacher, motivational speaker, author and businessperson, and exposed him to public ridicule.

The online publication said it is “reviewing a copy of the lawsuit” and Nkhoma has not indicated if he is going to mount a vigorous defense in the matter.

Bushiri, popularly known as Major One, trades under Shepherd Bushiri Investments (SBI) with a portfolio ranging from financial services, hospitality, aviation, mining and telecommunications and technology.

He boasts that his investments are in Zambia, South Africa and South Sudan with planned expansion to the Middle East.

Bushiri acquired a hotel in Rustenburg, South Africa and has since acquired three 5-star hotels in the United States of America and a 5-star hotel in Dubai.

SBI also owns a television channel, Rainbow TV, in Malawi apart from Prophetic Channel which broadcasts across Africa.

Bushiri claims to have created a $50 million (about K36.7 billion) real estate portfolio held in the company’s subsidiaries.

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Kalanga
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Kalanga

Komatu kwathu kuno umbuliwu ngochita kufuna!! Zoona 2019 kumakhulupilirabe za ma Pulofeti???

I shall be honest with u.
Guest

Am not bushiri’s fun supporter but this guy of Malawi 24 news must indeed test the water.
News is not about diminishing someone’s life but bringing real issues to the multitude.

Paperback
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AFFRICCI?

Tony Benn
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Tony Benn

what happened to bushiris $100 billion AFRICCI fund scam ?

Amos
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Kkkkķkk komadi. Asekatu ka online news. Look at the owner, akatenga kuti 1.1 billion. Alibe ndi ya chipeso yomwe. Kkkkkkkkk

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Most articles go against Major 1. The main aim is to belittle and humiliate him at the sametime they make money regardless how painful the fake is. It has nothing to do with proper reporting. Its now they changing the gears. I support Major 1 . They must make money in proper way not by assassinating other people characters. In South Africa is different, journalist have special court where they can apologize quickly before being sued. The system cover them quickly. But oneday they will make mistakes

SILIA JONAS
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SILIA JONAS

It’s time for the enemy to pay…people of this world are so cruel that they take advantage of the scripture like “Jesus” was also persecuted but He didn’t make them pay, so you exactly know that what you doing to my father is nothing but persecuting him ha? The devil will have to pay for it and agents will have to repent by fire by thunder!!!!!!!!!! #teamMajor1. #iWillStandWithYouMyProphet…

January
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They hate the prophet too much that’s why they write stupid articles every day they find something to write about Major 1 Kodi anakulakwirani chani?leave him alone olo mukagwere uko!! Ife tasakha kuti Major 1 ndi our spiritual father.

mtete
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mtete

Man of God continues maximizing his money laundering profits. Major 1 my foot. The twerp is an adulterer and nothing else.

My name
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Twerp means silly and annoying person.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

What is the defamation about?

Bule
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Bule

He should sue south African Newspapers – why does he fear them.