Bushiri in Vic Falls

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MALAWIAN Prophet Shep­herd Bushiri whose En­light­ened Chris­tian Gath­er­ing Church re­cently came un­der fire for ex­pos­ing a child liv­ing with HIV, made a pri­vate visit to Victoria Falls last week to spend time with his le­gion of pas­tors at a re­treat.

A to­tal of 105 ECG pas­tors from south­ern Africa at­tended a four-day re­treat at a lo­cal ho­tel and were on Satur­day joined by their “Fa­ther or Papa” as Prophet Bushiri is known by his fol­low­ers.

The visit comes at a time when the church lead­er­ship left many con­fused af­ter dis­own­ing the lo­cal church fol­low­ing the lit­tle boy’s in­ci­dent which was widely con­demned by HIV and Aids as well as child ac­tivists.

In an in­ter­view in Victoria Falls, a se­nior pas­tor in the church, Apos­tle In­no­cent Bekezela Nkomo who is ECG in­ter­na­tional deputy di­rec­tor, said Prophet Bushiri se­cretly flew into the re­sort town on Satur­day last week in a pri­vate jet to grace the re­treat and flew out the same day later in the af­ter­noon.

How­ever, some lo­cals closer to the church pol­i­tics said Prophet ar­rived Thurs­day morn­ing and was holed up at Ele­phant Hills Re­sort un­til his de­par­ture Satur­day. They said on Fri­day he had din­ner with the pas­tors at the Boma, where mem­bers of the church paid $30 each to eat with him. Apos­tle Nkomo in­sisted that he ar­rived Satur­day.

Speak­ing about the church, Apos­tle Nkomo said: “There was no truth that our fa­ther has no church in Zim­babwe. Our fa­ther has a church head­quar­tered in Bu­l­awayo. We have churches in Harare and all over the coun­try.”

He said there was noth­ing un­usual about the heal­ing of the lit­tle boy whose pic­ture the church al­legedly posted on a Face­book page, claim­ing to have healed him of the dis­ease.

“This was a re­treat for our pas­tors which our fa­ther made for them. You know our min­istry is in­ter­na­tional, hence pas­tors are busy glob­ally so we don’t have time to rest. Our fa­ther thought of giv­ing them a time to re­lax at a scenic place like Victoria Falls,” said Apos­tle Nkomo.

“Mir­a­cles talk for them­selves. We don’t want to talk for a mir­a­cle be­cause when it hap­pens it speaks for it­self. We ex­pe­ri­ence these mir­a­cles on a daily ba­sis in Pre­to­ria. This is why you find Ger­mans, Aus­tralians, Cana­di­ans, Amer­i­cans all come to Pre­to­ria to see God in ac­tion. The Acts of the Apos­tles which we read as a book hap­pens in ECG in Pre­to­ria.”

He said Prophet Bushiri’s visit was a bless­ing to the coun­try. Prophet Bushiri, about 3,4 mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers and had sparked a lot of de­bate lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally with his prophe­cies.

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