Representatives of about 100 church denominations in Zomba and Liwonde have spoken in solidarity with Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, pleading with Malawi government against extraditing the ECG leader to South Africa where they feel he will not face a fair, just and impartial trial.
The group held a press briefing on Thursday at Bluegumm Avenue Lodge in Zomba to express their grievances.
Reading a statement of their concerns, Apostle Fouche Haswell Nkanda of End Times Harvest International church, said the group wants government to use every legal instrument in its disposal to ensure that Prophet Bushiri be given a fair trial elsewhere apart from South Africa.
Apostle Nkanda said: “Prophet Bushiri faced serious security threats and spates of injustice that, put together, created an atmospheric context that militated against every thought of facing a fair and impartial trial in South Africa.
“Therefore, we wish to ask Malawi government to earnestly ensure the security and safety of her citizen Prophet Bushiri as obligated by the constitution.”
The group has also called on South African government to bring to book the police officers whom Prophet Bushiri opened a corruption case against.
They highlighted that “until there is a logical conclusion of those police officer’s cases, the South African government has no legal or moral right to try Prophet Bushiri”.
The grouping is made up of three pastors’ organisations, namely; Pastors Peacemakers Fraternal (PPF), Church Foundation for Integrity and Democracy (CFID) and Pastors Link Malawi.