ARTHUR MWANSA, CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Malawian government has disowned South Africa-based prophet Shepherd Bushiri and has advised the clergyman against disrespecting Zambian laws.
Malawian Minister of Home Affairs Grace Chiumia said her government has nothing to do with prophet Bushiri, describing the Malawian national’s behaviour as unfortunate.
Ms Chiumia called on Malawians like prophet Bushiri to follow other countries’ legal requirements before seeking entry.
This is according to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation TV2 news monitored last evening,
“I don’t know what powers he uses because each and everybody who goes to another country needs to follow the laws of that country.
“As Minister of Home Affairs, I am worried and disappointed about that, he has to follow the laws just like everyone does,” she said.
Ms Chiumia said prophet Bushiri needs to have proper documents when entering Zambia because every country has its own laws.
Meanwhile, Government says it will not engage in an exchange of words with prophet Bushiri because he is spreading falsehoods that there is no freedom of worship in Zambia.
Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said contrary to prophet Bushiri’s assertions, Zambia is a constitutionally declared Christian nation which respects freedom of worship.
Reverend Sumaili said this in response to Prophet Bushiri’s accusations that she has allegedly connived with some local clergymen to introduce laws that surpress freedom of worship.
In a sermon on his television channel on Sunday, prophet Bushiri alleged that churches with less than 500 members in Zambia are threatened with closure.
Prophet Bushiri also alleged that only degree holders are allowed to preach in some Zambian churches.
But rev Sumaili said it is strange that prophet Bushiri is spreading falsehoods about Zambia at the expense of preaching the gospel.
“I am reluctant to respond because I don’t want to stoop to his level. He is spreading falsehoods and if his prophecies are from God, then I wonder what kind of ‘God’ he worships because the one I know does not give false prophecies or falsehoods,” she said.
Last week, Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo threatened to recommend the revocation of prophet Bushiri’s investment licence for an emerald mine in Lufwanyama.
Mr Lusambo gave the prophet a seven-day ultimatum in which to apologise for disregarding Zambian regulations failure to which his investment licence would be reviewed.
But Prophet Bushiri has refused to apologise for alleged contempt of the Zambian Government and has instead dared Mr Lusambo to close the mine.