Expert Advises Govt to Send Bushiri Back to SA
A law expert Professor Garton Kamchedzera has challenged government to send self-acclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri back to South Africa where he is answering fraud and money laundering charges, if it is serious about promoting the rule of law.
Bushiri, bolted from South Africa defying bail laws not to leave the country before the end of his trial.
Professor Kamchedzera told Zodiak Online that if Bushiri can rebel against the law in South Africa by jumping bail, he is also capable of doing the same to the laws of Malawi.
“One of the pillars this government has championed is the rule of law. So, if you have someone disrespecting laws of another country and without exhausting the channels and remedies in that country comes into your jurisdiction asking for assistance, that person should be sent back.” Professor Kamchedzera said.
He added that Bushiri was ill-advised to leave South Africa and by doing so he has made himself a fugitive.
But Bushiri told the media in Lilongwe that he left the rainbow nation because he wanted to reach out to his government for help.
He added his safety in South Africa is not guaranteed hence his decision to return to Malawi.
The business magnate and founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church revealed that he would be meeting government officials on Monday to express his concerns and seek assistance.
Ministry of Information and Government Spokesperson Gospel Kazako says government will grant Bushiri the audience and apply relevant laws to address his concerns.
“You must always remember that we are a law-abiding government. We have laws in this country and there are treaties and other agreements that take care of such issues. We will use appropriate laws on the matter,” Kazako said.
Bushiri, alongside his wife Mary and two other people, are answering alleged fraud and money laundering charges involving R100 million about K4.9 billion.
He was granted bail after spending weeks in prison on condition that he will surrender his traveling documents and not leave the country, not comment anything on the case and not speak to any of the state witnesses.