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Self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ hands himself over to Malawi police
Shepherd Bushiri fled to Malawi last week in breach of bail conditions imposed by South African court.

Bushiri made his wealth through donations from followers of his Enlightened Christian Gathering church in Pretoria [File: Wikus De Wet/ AFP]
18 Nov 2020
A self-proclaimed “prophet” and controversial millionaire has been arrested in Malawi after handing himself over to police following his mysterious return from South Africa, where he was on trial for fraud and money laundering charges.

The incident last week has threatened a diplomatic rift between the two southern African countries, with Pretoria reportedly furious that Shepherd Bushiri and his wife had managed to leave the country while out on bail.

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“The couple is indeed in our custody. Currently, we are taking statements from the Bushiris. We will then take them to courts,” Malawi police spokesperson James Kadadzera told dpa news agency on Wednesday.

Bushiri and his wife, Mary, will remain in custody until brought before a court, according to one of their lawyers, Khumbo Soko.