Bushiri go Nowhere! South Africa begins the Process of Handing over Bushiri from Malawi
The government says it has begun a process to secure the delivery of Shepherd Busiri, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church from Malawi, and his wife Mary. In a statement, GCIS Secretary-General Phumla Williams said the process began in terms of the Malawi-signed Southern African Development Community (SADC) extradition protocol and other legal documents.
Bushiri and Mary left South Africa for their hometown of Malawi, violating bail conditions. They are paying R200000 bail for theft, money laundering and fraud.
Police noticed the couple’s escape after failing to report at the police station in accordance with Friday’s bail conditions.
Mr. Busiri further broke the court’s order when he spoke to the general public about the case. He justified his speech by quoting freedom of expression.
Suspected involvement of President Chakwella
The government argued that Busiris departed for Malawi on a plane traveled by President Lazarus Chakwera and his delegation.
Chakwella was on a business trip to South Africa on Friday. He left that night. Williams says the Department of Interior and Immigration has confirmed the identities of all passengers on Chakwella’s plane.
“After the visit, President Chakwella and his delegation departed from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria and stopped at OR Tambo International Airport to gather additional personnel who had previously traveled to South Africa in preparation for the actual visit. The Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Interior confirmed the identities of all passengers, and Mr. and Mrs. Bushiri were not on the plane. “
South African opposition is helping Busiris escape to Malawi.
The government says law enforcement will continue to investigate while this process is in progress.
Members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church are forbidden to speak to the media.
In an interview with SABC news On Saturday, Busiri said he was too emotional to say how he arrived in Malawi.