The family of self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri was allegedly blocked from leaving Malawi for Kenya.
South African publication eNCA reports that Bushiri’s daughters, Raphaella and Israella, his mother-in-law Magdalena Zgambo and another family member named Esther Bushiri were turned away at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) by Malawi authorities on their way to Kenya.
The four were set to board a private jet the Bushiri family had chartered en route to Nairobi, with the controversial preacher’s attorney indicating that one of his two daughters requires urgent medical attention in the Kenyan capital, hence the reason for the trip. There are also reports that the family had applied for asylum in Kenya.
Police did not find Prophet Bushiri and his wife Mary when they went to look for them at their house. The couple later claimed that they were at a hospital.
Bushiri and Mary fled South Africa to Malawi in November last year, a few days after they were released on R200,000 bail each. The two forfeited the money and their mansion in Centurion by violating bail conditions, which barred them from leaving the country.
They were charged with theft, money laundering, and fraud in connection with an R100 million investment scheme. South Africa has filed extradition papers to get the fugitive couple back into the country to stand trial.