Veteran governance, human rights and public policy expert, Undule Mwakasungula, has asked the renowned Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and the Malawi Police Service to consider engaging in dialogue to resolve issues surrounding the decision by the government to block Bushiri’s critically ill daughter from travelling abroad to seek specialized medical attention.
Bushiri’s daughter was scheduled to fly to Kenya last week where she was scheduled to access treatment for her sickness. However, the police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) refused her and her guardians exit on unexplained reasons.
People from diverse professions and careers have reacted angrily to the decision by the Malawi Police Service to block the innocent child from travelling abroad to seek medical assistance.
And in an interview with Nyasa Times, Mwakasungula said refusing the daughter to seek medical help outside the country is a violation of her right to medical treatment of her choice.
His sentiments came barely hours after Freedom of Worship Association of Malawi (FOWAM) president Prophet David Mbewe warned that Malawi would be courting the wrath of God if the government continued blocking the child from travelling to Kenya.
Mwakasungula emphasized that the State has the obligation to support the right to health of Prophet Bushiri’s daughter regardless of the issues affecting the father.
“First and foremost it is important to promote and protect the rights of every Malawian including those of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and family whether he is facing charges or not. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is innocent until proven guilty, he and his family must enjoy their fundamental human rights and freedoms without any hindrance as per our Constitution,” he said.
“I am therefore calling upon our Government and Prophet Shepherd Bushiri to engage so that issues surrounding the daughter’s treatment abroad can be resolved.This also can be an opportunity for government to listen to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri side of his story. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is a Malawian citizen who needs full protection and support from government, looking at what he is doing and done for this country in terms boosting our economy and his numerous humanitarian works,” added Mwakasungula.
He said Malawi cannot continue harassing and demonizing Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, his family and his ministry, stressing that Bushiri is an asset to Malawi and globally and this is evidenced by his huge investments and millions of his members and followers.