BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera has told the general public that he will not grant favours to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and will not meet anybody in relation to the case of the money laundering suspect who fled South Africa last week.
Chakwera’s executive assistant Sean Kampondeni made the remarks at the weekly press briefing held Monday morning at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
On Saturday Bushiri held a press briefing saying he had fled South Africa to seek the Malawi Government’s intervention over the trial he is facing in South Africa. He asked the Malawi government to intervene for his safety.
But Kampondeni said Chakwera will not be involved in the issue concerning Bushiri’s presence in Malawi because it is the domain of the country’s law enforcement agencies.
“President Lazarus Chakwera will not be involved because it has nothing to do with him, will not hold a meeting with anybody on the issue and will not grant any favours because it is not his domain to grant favours and he will not issue directives. President Chakwera will let law enforcers do their job in accordance with the law,” he said.
Kampondeni noted that the South African Government has started the process of extraditing Bushiri and his wife Mary Bushiri but said State House has no answers on what the law enforcement will do about the extradition request and the presence of Bushiri in Malawi.
Bushiri and wife Mary were on bail in South Africa where they are being accused of laundering about K6 billion.
Meanwhile, following the susepcts’ escape to Malawi, the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court has issued warrants of arrests for Bushiri and wife Mary and the court has also revoked bail for the two.
Interestingly, Prophet Bushiri is allegedly to have endorsed ex-president Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika during the 2020 fresh presidential in which Chakwera emerged winner.
Bushiri, a man of God who commands a large following in Malawi and beyond the borders, had steered a hot debate prior to fresh election among its members following his ‘careless attire’ that had left many with strong conviction that the Prophet had endorsed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF).
A picture which went viral on social media showed Bushiri posing with his wife Prophetess Mary in blue and yellow attire, colours that are associated with the ruling DPP and UDF respectively.
Commenting on the picture on Bushiri’s official facebook page, followers of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) had condemned their spiritual father for ‘cleverly’ showing political colours.
“There are devout Christians on both sides of Malawi’s political aisle. It is naïve and utter lack of seriousness for our spiritual father to display attire which is clearly associated with two political parties that are in an alliance.
“That can’t be a coincidence. In my view, he is trying to subconsciously send a message to DPP and UDF alliance that he is with them,” he commented.
Impeccable sources indicated that Bushiri had struck a deal to work with the ruling DPP by providing financial support ahead of the fresh presidential election in which the political pendulum was relentlessly swinging towards the then opposition Tonse Alliance—a grouping of nine parties led by Lazarus Chakwera.
Rumours had it that one of Bushiri’s employees, popularly known as LordDenning QB on social media, was fired in January this year after writing scathing article against the ruling DPP and its leader President Peter Mutharika.
Ironically, Bushiri has been in the past years in fierce battle with the DPP leadership.
“The DPP has been attacking our Papa. Why is he trying to imply that he is in support of the DPP-UDF alliance, or is he following the rule that if you can’t beat them, join them?” wondered another Zambia based ECG member.
In 2016, the ruling DPP took the fight with Bushiri to another level as the party paid some youth in Blantyre and sent them to the funeral of gospel singer Grace Chinga where they chanted anti-Bushiri songs.
“Mmanja mwako tachoka Bushiri, tili mmanja mwa Mulungu,” the mob of cadets sang.
On 10th June, thugs, strongly believed to be sent by DPP top gurus stormed the ECG crusade armed to the teeth looking for Bushiri who was fortunately not present during the material day.
However, in the run up to 2019 tripartite elections, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri said he would vote for the ruling Malawi President Peter Mutharika and the Democratic Progressive Party “if elections were held today because APM is greater than his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika.”