Bushiri ap­proached court to stop‘false prophet’ march

African Times - - News - BUKUTA NKUNA

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL Prophet Shep­herd Bushiri and Lim­popo busi­ness­man Martin An­to­nio are again on each other’s throat, with the mat­ter heard in the Pre­to­ria High Court on Tues­day.

Bushiri ap­proached the high court on an ur­gent ba­sis to in­ter­dict a march planned against “false prophets” which was sched­uled for yes­ter­day, Wed­nes­day 14 March 2018.

Bushiri be­lieved that the march was aimed at him as some of the pam­phlets to the build up to the event con­tain “slan­der and defam­a­tory state­ments”.

His at­tor­neys stated: “As part of this, they have al­leged that our client is sa­tanic, a rapist, abuses women, has slept with over 10 con­gre­gants, ma­nip­u­lates women un­der the guise of men­tor­ing them, and has at­tempted to mur­der Mr An­to­nio.”

The mat­ter dates back to a year ago af­ter Bushiri, in his“prophecy”of An­to­nio’s wife af­ter she vis­ited the church for the first time, sug­gested she was be­ing be­witched by An­to­nio’s fam­ily. The “prophecy” led to the break­down of An­to­nio’s fam­ily.

This did not go down well with An­to­nio who started a cam­paign #Bushir­iMustFall. Bushiri on the other hand, in one of his church ser­vices, threat­ened to kill An­to­nio through prayer. There have been hos­til­i­ties ever since, with both dar­ing each other through videos that goes vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

But in an af­fi­davit posted be­fore the court on Tues­day, Bushiri who was rep­re­sented by Adv Barry Roux SC and stated: “I was born in a city called Mzuzu in Malawi. In 2009, I founded ECG un­der a tree in Mzuzu City. Since then ECG has grown into a multi-na­tional in­sti­tu­tion. I am also a young en­tre­pre­neur. I own sev­eral suc­cess­ful en­ter­prises in, in­ter alia, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try, the me­dia in­dus­try, the min­ing in­dus­try, the fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment in­dus­try and the hospi­tal in­dus­try.

“My rep­u­ta­tion at­tracts peo­ple from var­i­ous fields of life. I often re­ceive promi­nent politi­cians who seek my spir­i­tual guid­ance.”

He fur­ther stated: “Our law is ev­i­dence-based. Given that this ap­pli­ca­tion is brought on the pa­pers it is, as a mat­ter of logic, im­pos­si­ble to prove that God has gifted me with the power to prophecy. I am, how­ever, of­fended by the as­ser­tion that I am a false prophet. I do not seek to ad­dress this as­ser­tion in this in this ap­pli­ca­tion. Do­ing so would re­quire ev­i­dence to be led and in­vite an ir­res­ol­u­ble dis­pute of fact on the pa­pers.”

But be­fore the mat­ter was heard in court, An­to­nio, who was cited as a re­spon­dent to­gether with Solomon Ashoms and Charles Farai, posted an­other video on so­cial me­dia, tak­ing “jabs”at Bushiri about the court ap­pli­ca­tion. Ashoms and Farai did not op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Af­ter the hear­ing the mat­ter, Judge Elis­a­beth Kubushi in­ter­dicted the or­gan­is­ers of the #FakeProphet­sMustFall from mak­ing defam­a­tory state­ments dur­ing the march. They were also in­ter­dicted from mak­ing defam­a­tory state­ments on Face­book and to re­move all state­ments re­gard­ing Bushiri from so­cial me­dia within 12 hours.

Prophet Shep­herd Bushiri

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