MALAWI: In a statement issued yesterday, March 29, 2021, Mr Bushiri implied that South African authorities had a hand in her death.
Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri on social media announced the passing of 8-year-old daughter Israella Bushiri, blaming SA authorities for her death.
Mr Bushiri and Mary Bushiri (his wife) are entangled in a court case in South Africa for alleged fraud and money laundering totalling R102 million. Mr Bushiri and his family have since fled the country just days after they were granted bail of R200 000 by the Pretoria Central Magistrate Court.
Shortly after their escape, Mr Bushiri said through his Facebook account that they had left the country for their safety.
Earlier in February, it was reported that the Bushiris were blocked from travelling when mother-in-law tried taking Israella to Kenya to receive medical attention for a condition that could not be treated in Malawi.
On 25 February, Mr Bushiri took to his social media pages to announce the news, revealing that the little girl had been treated at a hospital in Kenya being diagnosed with a lung infection.
In a statement issued yesterday, March 29, 2021, Mr Bushiri implied that South African authorities had a hand in her death.
“When I spoke to the doctor, he highlighted that if she had not been blocked at the airport the first time she needed to travel to Kenya for medical assistance, she wouldn’t have passed on,” he said in a statement.
“Israella was a strong young girl who loved to worship and serve God, despite her young age. She was brilliant in her speech and possessed a divine excellency in the way she spoke and even tackled her studies,” he continued via the statement.
A few days ago, pictures were posted on Mr Bushiri’s social media pages of congregants prayer for Israella’s recovery. He says it was inhumane for authorities to deny his daughter to be hospitalized in time.
“It is very disheartening and sad, therefore, that my daughter has become a victim of the persecutions that we are facing from South Africa,” the fugitive prophet said.
“As a Father it was my desire to see her grow and serve the Lord, however, the will of God was for her to return back to Him. Today my wife and I choose not to mourn her but to celebrate her life. I do not believe that the devil could take the life of my daughter,” he said.
“I will be addressing the general public at exactly 12.00 hrs (CAT) on ALL our official social media platforms as well as Prophetic Channel, God bless you!” Mr Bushiri concluded.
The Bushiri’s are currently in their home country of Malawi, where they have been for some months after fleeing South Africa illegally while out on bail for a fraud and money laundering case.
A warrant of arrest was subsequently issued and an extradition order case will soon be heard in a Malawian court.