Malawian government allows Bushiris’ daughter, 8, to travel to Kenya for medical treatment

Pretoria – Leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri is relieved after the Malawian government reversed an earlier decision blocking his eight-year-old daughter from travelling to Kenya for treatment, his spokesman said on Friday.

Malawian Bushiri, who fled to his home country from South Africa, where he faces fraud and money laundering charges, has been anxious to get his ailing daughter, Israella, to Kenya, his spokesman Ephraim Nyondo told the African News Agency (ANA).

“The major concern for prophet Shepherd Bushiri was to have the kid taken to Kenya for further medical attention. That was his major preoccupation. Now that the government has given a nod to that, he is very happy.”

On Monday, he said the Malawian authorities had without any explanation blocked Bushiri’s daughter and her guardians from flying out in a chartered air ambulance last Friday.

ANA has seen a clearance letter, dated February 25 and issued and signed by Malawi’s Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda, allowing the trip to proceed. It said Israella Bushiri would be accompanied by Raphaella Bushiri “who will donate bone marrow to the patient”.

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