Malawian, South Africa based prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who continues to leave Malawians with more questions than answers, following his decision to sale what he calls ‘special prayers’ for cash, has now denied a report in Sowetan newspapers that he charges congregants R5, 000 to have one on one session with him.
The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church of Malawi charismatic prophet ‘Major 1’ has been in the headlines in South Africa on Wednesday after The Sowetan newspaper carried a front-page story that the church was investigated by the country’s CRL commission over reports that its Pretoria based church charges congregants R5 000 (about K200,000).
The Sowetan had a catchy headline on front page lead story titled: “R5,000 to see the Man of God”
However, while speaking in a recent interview, Bushiri denied being enriched by the church.
He said: “And to speak about myself I have projects outside South Africa worth billions and it’s not true that I makes people pay, I am not just a prophet I have wells of oil and mines across Africa and Im a president of Africci that sponsors governments with funding worth billions.”
In a statement released by his church on Thursday, Bushiri said the reports are not a true reflection of the truth on the ground but rather ” uninformed and misleading reports”
” ECG church through my leadership has grown at an alarming rate, attracting thousands of people that come to the Republic of South Africa every two weeks on the International visitors ticket and they are required to pay a fee of R5, 000 that caters for their accommodation, meals and transportation to and from the hotel and church respectively, for the period of 3 days,” said Bushiri.
The church official said Bushiri’s ECG also accepts “prophetic seeding” – which is for the prophet, seeding, tithes, offerings and prophetic channel seeding, for people who want to partner with the free-to-air ministry channel.
“Seeding is when you have a special need and what you are trusting God for. [You] plant it and expect to harvest at a later season,” said evangelist Trity Pretorius as quoted by The Sowetan.