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11 Jan 2018

'Miracle' Pastor Shepherd Bushiri's Church Shut Down In Botswana

Botswana has shut down the
church of a controversial
Malawian self-styled prophet,
who claimed to walk on air.

The government confirmed the closure of Shepherd Bushiri's Enlightened
Christian Gathering Church (ECG) in Gaborone, reportedly due to
concerns over so-called "miracle money". Malawi24 reports that the
church has appealed against the decision, taken less than a year after
he was in effect
banned from entering the

He had been due to attend a
conference. However, Botswana minister
Edwin Batshu announced in
April 2017 that Mr Bushiri - who now lives in South Africa - would
need a visa to enter, despite Malawians not usually needing one,
according to

Who is Shepherd Bushiri?

Malawi-born "prophet" who
now runs churches from
Ghana to South Africa Claims to have cured people of HIV and brought
people back from the dead, South Africa's Mail & Guardian says
Predicted the UK would
split, "states" would fight
and it would descend into
"chaos", the Maravi Post said in a report Appeared to walk on air in a
video shared widely on social media Told Zimbabwe politician
Kembo Mohadi he would
get "the crown" before he
was named vice-president, according to New Zimbabwe The government has now
announced that the church will be shut for good, with the Botswana
Gazette obtaining a letter informing management the "registration" had
been cancelled.

The newspaper further reports it was the church's use of "miracle
money" - promises of
money appearing as if by
magic - which broke the
country's laws. Mr Bushiri - who has more than
2.3 million likes on Facebook
and filled Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on New Year's Eve - and his
church have yet to respond publicly. The church leader is known as
much for his lavish lifestyle as
for his successful ministry,
which stretches across Africa.

He came under fire last year
after it emerged he was charging between 1,000 and 25,000 rand
($80-2,000; £60-1,500) to attend a gala dinner with him, South
Africa's News24 reported.

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