LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri says he doesn’t mind losing his palatial home in South Africa after a judge ordered it to be seized.
This follows after Malawi Court on Thursday, November 19, 2020 released the couple unconditionally arguing that their arrests were illegal.
Prophet Bushiri and his wife Mary surrendered themselves to police at Area 30 in Lilongwe on Wednesday after getting informed that the police were hunting him.
But Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba ordered the release of the couple who were arrested based on South Africa’s provisional request to detain him pending formal request for extradition.
Nyimba ruled that the arrest was illegal and therefore ordered unconditional release of the couple from police custody.
“I am also informed that some of my assets in South Africa have been confiscated by authorities to which I say: “My right to life is more important than any asset in this world.” Whatever has happened today, I don’t see it as our victory neither our lawyers. God has won.Tomorrow is better than today! ” the self-declared prophet said in a Facebook post.
A magistrate had ordered Bushiri and his wife, Mary, to hand over the title deed of the South African property when they were granted bail on charges of money laundering and fraud.
The couple deny the charges.
It emerged last week that they had fled to their home country of Malawi. The pastor said he had made a “tactical withdrawal” because they feared for their lives.
The home, which is near the capital, Pretoria, is valued at 5.5m South African rand ($350,000: £260,000), according to local media.
South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for the couple, and wants Malawi to extradite them