Prophet Bushiri holds Malawi diplomatic passport

South Africa-based prophet Shepherd Bushiri holds a Malawi diplomatic passport, it has emerged as some members of civil society and faith groups have asked government to intervene in the ongoing legal battles of the  Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader.

Prophet Bushiri: Holds a Malawi diplomatic passport
Billy Banda: Malawi Government should intervene in the saga because Bushiri holds a diplomatic passport; hence, the South African authorities were in breach of international conventions on diplomatic relations.

While  South Africa Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaled has said Bushiri and his wife are in South Africa illegally,  Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda said Malawi Government should intervene because Bushiri holds a diplomatic passport.

Under international law, the holder of diplomatic passport enjoy diplomatic immunity and Bushiri should not be condemned with political statements from Minister of Home Affairs as being llegal immigrant in the media.

Banda  and Anthony Mukumbwa—a commissioner of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and a close friend of Bushiri—  told reporters in Lilongwe that  the South African authorities were in breach of international conventions on diplomatic relations.

“There are international Conventions that protect the treatment of diplomats across the world in cases such as this.

“We are therefore calling on Malawi Government to engage the South African Government on this. The statutes must be invoked; the Bushiris must be brought back to Malawi,” he said.

Banda said the group  said the  Bushiris  should face fair trial and enjoy the status of being innocent until proven guilty.

Prophet Bushiri and his wife Mary  have a permanent residential status in South Africa duly and legally issued by the Home Affairs Department.

However, between February 6 2019 and March 26 2019, Home Affairs, through some officer there, issued three notices asking Prophet Bushiri and Prophetess Mary to explain how they got the residential status.

Two of those notices were withdrawn by the Courts and the third one was declared by the Courts as ‘irrational, unlawful and invalid’.

Notwithstanding that, the Home Affairs issued another notice, this time on August 2 2020, giving Prophet Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri 30 days to explain how they got the permanent residence.

Prophet Bushiri’s lawyers challenged the notice and the High Court, on 21 October 2020, suspended the notice until May 31 2021 after the couple takes a plea in the 2019 case. The Home Affairs has said it will challenge the ruling before Supreme Court.

As of now, Prophet Bushiri and his wife  still have their permanent residential status in South Africa until the courts decide otherwise.

Bushiri, currently remanded and back in court on Friday for bail application, faces fraud charges involving about K4.6 billion (R102 million) following their arrest by South Africa’s special serious organised crimes unit, the Hawks.

The Bushiris were also arrested in February 2019 and face separate charges of fraud, money laundering and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca) for offences they allegedly committed from 2015.

Prophet Bushiri registered ECG  and a series of other companies in 2015 after he moved from Malawi to  South Africa.

He has a growing congregation of  over two million people who queue up outside his Pretoria church to witness what he calls “miracles”.

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China
China
1 month ago

On what grounds did he obtain diplomatic pass mpakana mkazi wake? Please hawks investigate all the people he brought with him Gwamba, mlaka maliro etc

Nyakwawa
Nyakwawa
1 month ago

The man calls himself a prophet. Am sure he saw this coming and saw his way out. Maybe he can just walk on air out of jail. What do I know? Am not a prophet he he he 2020 he said a great year. Nyekhwe

mkwita
mkwita
1 month ago

ACB..Corruption here

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

Arrest the minister who authorised that a mere John,a scammer was afforded a diplomatic passport

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
1 month ago

OMG !!! you just gave The Hawks more ammunition. Now they have to investigate how a false prophet was able to establish businesses with a Diplomatic Passport…….ayayaya koma a Malawi kutengeka ndi zinthu za eni!!!!!

False Prophet
False Prophet
1 month ago

You just got him in deeper shit

Jonas
Jonas
30 days ago
Reply to  False Prophet

kikikikikikiki khoswe wa padenga anaulula wapadzala and kunena kwa ndithe ndithe nathambwe anazitengela…..sitimadziwa za diplomatic passport …ka mlandu kenanso aka…he was trying to back his call for immunity but wanyula…hozaaaa

Shame
Shame
1 month ago

You just got him in more serious trouble, a Malawi kutengeka!!!!

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
1 month ago

Seeking residency and conducting business in a foreign land while holding a Diplomatic Passport is a NO NO NO, that is criminal in itself!!! ……… uwuso ndi mulandu padela…. koma a Prophet awona nyatwa chaka chino 2020

Luckson
Luckson
1 month ago

Diplomatic passport and permanent residency generally are mutually exclusive. You either have one or the other unless you are appointed as a Consul or Consul General on behalf of a country that does not have a resident ambassador and/or diplomatic ties in that country. There were many consul generals when the world cut-off diplomatic relations with Apartheid South Africa. However, this is no longer the case.

Nyakwawa che nyaxxy
Nyakwawa che nyaxxy
1 month ago

Is he a diplomat? How did he get it, after spending jail time in south’s Africa, he must come and explain here too

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