Who is Bushiri?
Bushiri is mixed blood. His father comes from Ntcheu in the central region of Malawi while his mother comes from western Rumphi in the northern region of Malawi. He grew up at Hewe in Rumphi where his father was working with the Malawi Young Pioneer (MYP), a paramilitary wing associated with the one-party rule of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP). The wing was forcefully disbanded by the Malawi Defence Force in 1993 after killing some soldiers following a fight between members from the two camps. At the time of disbanding, Malawians had just chosen a multiparty system of government and there had been fears that the wing would align with MCP. By that time it was also being rumoured that it was absorbing Renamo fighters who were escaping from Mozambique with the intention of starting a civil war in Malawi.
When did he rise to fame?
He rose to fame in 2009. After conducting some ‘deliverances’ at his church, he prophesied that a Mzuzu University bus would be involved in a road accident and kill everyone on board ‘because it is filled with demons that makes students on board hurl insults at innocent passersby.’ That hasn’t come to pass. He later told the national TV that he was himself a student at the university and left after being called to God’s ministry. Details at the institution point to the contrary.
Apart from church activities, what enterprises is Bushiri involved in?
There was talk of him starting a money-lending institution, but that hasn’t taken off. Currently, there is talk of him starting a bank and a cellphone company.Years from now, you will realize it was just a cheap talk.
We hear he has businesses outside Malawi, but does he own any inside the country?
No. Actually, his ministry doesn’t even own a church building here. In Lilongwe and Blantyre, prayers are conducted in rented premises such as other churches’ or private multipurpose halls or stadia. In Mzuzu, the church structure is made of wood left over during logging and milling. The latest prayers in Mzuzu were conducted in a stadium.
Source : Malawi Independent