Enlightened Church Gathering Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has denied any association with former president of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda.
The social network was awash with stories soon after Bushiri landed in Malawi for maize donation. It was claimed that Bushiri’s maize donation to the hunger stricken families in the country was from Joyce Banda as campaign tool for Peoples’ Party in 2019.
However, in an interview with Malawi24, Bushiri said he was aware of the rumours but there was no truth to it.
“Its not true. They are simply allegations. The prophet has not endorsed anyone and can’t campaign for any person,” said Bushiri through his public relations officer, Mr. Kelvin Sulugwe.
Jonathan Kamanga one of PP South Africa Wing diehards posted on his facebook account claiming that Bushiri is enjoying cashgate money.
“Fom what I have gathered… bushiri is not the man behind the maize relief distribution program.
Yes he is the face of the programme, but the hard cash is the cashgate money. In other words bushiri is distributing chimanga (maize) on behalf of one of cashgate big fish, I mean the exiled cashgate suspect,” reads part of the post.
In his response, Sulugwe said that the flamboyant prophet makes his own money and bought maize from a supplier in Mchinji.
“Bushiri makes his own money. I dont know this Jonathan Kamanga, I have never heard of him and apparently, I dont follow Peopele’s Party… If the claims came officially from People’s Party, they would make sense, I dont think the said Jonathan Kamanga speaks for People’s Party. He is speaking his mind,” said Sulugwe.
Meanwhile, Sulugwe declined to comment if Bushiri is interested in presidential seat and would like to contest in 2019 polls. His refusal to comment is contradictory to earlier claims by Bushiri who said contesting in an election was not his priority as he considered being a President lesser than being a Prophet.