Sometimes things are to good to be true. There are some stories that sounds like fiction, but is still happening in real life. In this instance, the story of Prophet Shepard Bushiri is one of those.
Yes, the man is the definition of a pastorpreneur, who set up churches like a business. The man is using the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) and the Prophetic Channel as his company, which he profits massively from. This is the hustle of the man and his family. Both in Malawi and all the way to South Africa.
In South Africa, the authorities has charged the pastor for money laundering. The pastor has gotten bail with some strings. However, for some obvious reasons he has still been able to flee. Not by the plane of the President of Malawi. Who was passing by on a brief working visit. Even if there was speculations about that.
There are more likely ways he has done it. As he has been part of a Car Thieving Enterprise or a Syndicate who exports stolen cars from South Africa to Malawi. In this instance he fled through the borders together with sophisticated thieves. Straight out of a movie. “Gone in 60 Seconds – Bushiri Edition”. A road movie gone totally wrong.
Yes, a pastor/prophet should hang out with thieves, sinners and the lower class of society. That is to show interests in their plights and their needs. Also guide them to a better life and redeem themselves. However, if he joined these criminals. He most like entertained and bribed himself out of it all. Yet, again continuing to do illegal stuff to get away from money laundering charges. That is not repenting, but adding more sins. “Thou shall not sin” instead more “thou shall sin”.
Prophet Bushiri is in a league of trouble by doing this. He might been able to string along the flight, the ability to cross the borders and enter Malawi. However, why does he has a connection to thieves selling illegal imported vehicles? Is the reports true that he got a diplomatic passport? Why does a prophet have a diplomatic passport? Why did the judge accept the conditions of the bail? Is it true that the judge of this case is a member of his ECG church in South Africa?
Because, there are so much going on. The Malawi government haven’t entertained anything. While the South African authorities now have to issue orders and negotiate an extradition of Bushiri from Malawi to return for prosecution and face the charges on him. While he might have caused more counts of criminal cases as a fleeing suspect and involving himself with other criminal activity. This is all not good look on a pastor. Who is supposed to look holier than thou.
Prophet Shepard Bushiri only looks more guilty by fleeing and being a fugitive running away from the law. This is not the message and the thing that should haunt a prophet or a “Man of God”.
The way he fled and by the means of doing so… should be a movie. Also a lesson in how not to run a church and use the donations to the “works for God”. Because, this seems illegitimate and insincere at best. When he goes with criminal syndicates to be able to flee from a Court Case. That is what I am seeing…
Prophet Bushiri should know better, but he used his station and possible laundered money illegally out of South Africa back to Malawi. That is something he got to answer too and address in the Courts. Not run away, because that suspects his ill intent and also his guilt.
He needs to be brought back to South Africa and face justice. His not above the law. The man could have used his ministry for good, but instead sponged on it. If he was sincere and honest. The man would have stood tall in the Courts and not fled with a bunch of thieves. Peace.
Today, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Elias “Ace” Magashule was today charged in Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on 21 counts of corruption and other charges. The Secretary General was released on bail.
However, he became really defensive in front of supporters on the outside of the court. He went all in and spoke his peace. Which wasn’t directly good, but is a manner we have seen from others from the party addressing cases like these.
The ANC Secretary General Magashule said he count point out individuals doing the same as him and he could talk about what other comrades was doing. Initially, he stated that he could rat or snitch on party comrades. That says there are more shady deals and corrupt deals, which isn’t investigated or charged. This is what his telling without specifying anything directly.
Still, the idea of the SG doing this says it all. As this is his defence, “I did it, but my associate and comrade did it too”. The kindergarten argument: “everyone else does it too, so it must be okay that I do it as well”. Well, that is not how these things goes.
The ANC have had issues with corruption and misuse of government funds. The leaders of ANC is used to use the offices to gain fortunes. This is well known, but if someone like Ace would tell. It would implicate and be affidavit of possible breaches of law. Which in the end could create more cases of corruption and involve more high ranking officials within the state. That would really damage the ANC, but also show the truth of how the ANC is running the state.
Ace should talk, he should sit down and spell out the ones he has information about. Tell to the Hawks and others. So, they can investigate and stop corrupt behaviour within the state. As the ruling party and as the SG of that party. He should this as a moral obligation and as a service to the Republic.
Instead, I think he does this as a politician to say he can implicate others. So, if you want peace let him be and not sentence him. The ANC don’t want the dirt out and clean the laundry in public. That will be disgraceful and distasteful. Also the horrific who will damage the integrity and the allegiance between comrades within the party.
That might start are race of backstabbing and people getting paranoid over their own acts and business in government. They either just resign or hope the storm will go over. However, we know it is just a dream scenario of Ace to talk. Ace will not say anything or implicate anyone. Because, that takes away his chances of having office again and also getting re-elected in the ANC. He cannot go against the party and point at the individuals he knows has done dirt.
The ANC is knowingly corrupt and has misused their time in office. The ANC has used the state to profit and high ranking officials have earned fortunes on their time in office. Therefore, the ANC SG could in practicality hurt the party very much. However, I doubt he would. He wouldn’t dare and wouldn’t act upon it. Because, he would be alone and a lost soul.
Ace wouldn’t have friends and comrades. Ace wouldn’t be saved or have any safe haven. Ace would only have exile and the rebellion would cost him his whole career. That’s why he will not do it.
However, it would be interesting and would cause a stir if he really did talk. Peace.