Malawi’s Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda and the Malawi Police Service Spokesperson James Kadadzera are yet to comment on matters surrounding leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, Shepherd Bushiri.
The Pretoria magistrate’s court in South Africa has issued a warrant of arrest for Bushiri and his wife, Mary, who have been answering fraud a money laundering charges.
Bushiri who had previously said he wanted to clear his name was granted bail together with his wife Mary on 4 November after staying in police custody for two weeks.
The ECG leader arrived in his home soil on Wednesday last week on grounds that he was receiving death threats and was feeling insecure in the rainbow nation arguing that he and his wife were in danger.
In a questionnaire sent to both Chimwendo Banda and Kadadzera separately, the two have failed to provide details regarding the stand of the country with developments surrounding the ECG leader.
In his WhatsApp response to the questionnaire, the police publicist on responded to say, “Let me inquire.”
Asked as to how long he can make the enquiries, Kadadzera did not send a reply despite the app indicating that the text had been viewed by the receiver.
The silent treatment went on further with the minister also not responding despite an indication that he had opened and viewed the questionnaire.
By the time of writing this story, it was over six hours after the two had not given any response to the questions.
Commenting on the developments surrounding the Malawi born prophet, Chancellor College Dean of Law, Sunduzwayo Madise points out that Chimwendo Banda’s ministry and the Attorney General’s office are key players to decide if the Bushiri couple stays at home or is taken back to Pretoria.
“If the warrant of arrest has been issued it has to go through legal processes. It means it will have to go through the justice system and then the ministry in charge of the police and surely there will be discussion between the two countries regarding the extradition,” Madise explained.
During this week’s weekly brief at state house, President Lazarus Chakwera through his Executive Assistant Sean Kampondeni told journalists in Lilongwe that Malawi will adhere to its non-interference policy in the extradition process.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Matsoaledi is coming under intense pressure from members of parliament who demand answers on how Bushiri and his wife Mary sneaked out of their country to Malawi.
The Bushiris currently possess five passports each which were issued in Malawi and records indicate that they last left the rainbow nation using its borders in January 2019.