BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Enlightened Gathering Christian (ECG) leader prophet Shepherd Bushiri has asked government of Malawi to assist ensuring he is granted a fair trial in south Africa.
The self-proclaimed prophet made the plea in a public address on Saturday, November 14, 2020 following his arrival in Malawi on Wednesday after fleeing south Africa against his bail conditions.
Bushiri, his wife Mary, Landiwe Ntlokwana Zethu and Willie Mudolo were arrested in October 20, 2020 on the charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100m investment scheme.
The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and his co-accused were however released on bail of R200 000 each on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 on condition that they will not travel outside SA and only permitted to travel in Gauteng and North West among other conditions.
Him and his wife Mary were also asked to surrender their travelling documents to authorities when they were granted bail by the Pretoria Magistrate Court.
However, on Friday Bushiri skipped his bail after he fled to Malawi claiming he was not safe anywhere in south Africa as he has been receiving threats before and even after he was granted the bail.
“In February this year, I was almost gunned down by unknown thugs, as per procedure I reported the issue to sandton police together with evidence (footage of the shooting) but police have done nothing until now.
“Our coming to Malawi, hence, is a tactical withdrawal from the Republic of South Africa solely meant to preserve our lives,We have to be alive to testify” said Bushiri.
Bushiri added that his case is handled by white people; 5 white police officers, about 3 white persecutors and a white judge and him as a black person in a foreign country signals how unfairly the trial might turn out hence his decision to seek his government’s assistance.
He disclosed that while here in Malawi, he will provide all details of his whereabouts to law enforcers in case he is needed and on Monday, he will meet government officials to lodge his complaints.
He also said he will return to South Africa once South Africa government assure him of his safety and have looked into all the reported threat on his life and make necessary arrests.
He added that the people involved in his arrest are the same people he opened cases against and hence issue of conflict of interest therefore, there is a need for south Africa government to look into that too.
In 2019, Bushiri and his wife were allegedly arrested by the Hawks police unit and faced charges of fraud and money laundering after senior members of the his church, the Enlightened Christian Gathering, claimed he was sending an estimated R15-million a month to his home country of Malawi.
His aircraft was seized by prosecuting authorities claimed it was bought with the proceeds of crime despite him presenting a lengthy affidavit before the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria explaining in details how he legitimately bought his luxury private jet and currently it’s still in their possession.