The Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlighten Christian Gathering-ECG church is exploring other options as the government has rejected its request to host a cross over night of prayer at Bingu National Stadium-BNS in Lilongwe.
The event scheduled for December 31, comes as the Bushiri and his wife Mary, face extradition for jumping bail in South Africa.
There has been excitement in the public domain on business opportunities including the hospitality industry as the event attracts people from across the continent.
A statement signed by the Acting Stadium Manager, Ambilike Mwaungulu argues that holding the event at BNS, which has a capacity of 41 thousand people, contravenes the Covid-19 preventive measures.
“The stadium will undergo maintenance in preparation for the Confederation of African Football-CAF inspection in early January. Therefore the church activity will slow done our preparations in case of loses and damages on the stadium facilities,” Mwaungulu explained.
In response, ECG Director of Communications and Public Relations Ephraim Nyondo has since called for calm among its members.
Nyondo also dismissed reports that the ECG intends to obtain a court injunction against the government’s decision on the stadium.
The prayer event, held annually in South Africa, is planned to be held in Lilongwe, this year, as the couple fled the rainbow nation last month, citing security reasons.
The fugitive couple is answering theft and money laundering charges at a Pretoria court, and they fled after being released on bail.