LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow ) –Malawi government has honoured South African-based prophet Shephered Bushiri with a diplomatic passport.
Diplomatic passports are ordinarily issued to people who travel internationally on official state business and in Malawi they are classically given to diplomats when they are posted overseas.
According to the Immigration Act of Malawi only diplomats, elected MPs, and Ministers qualify for a diplomatic passport. Civil Servants are only awarded a service passport.
President Peter Mutharika approved that the controversial Prophet Bushiri get the diplomatic passport and all the honours as a VVIP.
Presidential adviser on civil society and non-governmental organisations Mr. Mavuto Bamusi said Bushiri with his Shepherd Bushiri Investments (Pty) Limited (SBI) is a partner to government as he is set to start his investment operations in the country, a move that is expected to create jobs.
Bamusi said the SBI investments are in line with the President’s vision of promoting foreign direct investment (FDI).
“Malawi is ready for investments which Bushiri is also doing in other countries; hence, our call to him to come and invest in various sectors of the economy,” he said.
He said Bushiri has bought seven plots in Lilongwe and is working on a hotel project along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road, estimated to cost $21 million (about K15 billion).
SBI is an investment company registered under company laws of South Africa, United States of America and United Kingdom, among others, according its founder
The Bushiri Family, has been ranked one of the 10 Africa’s most affluent families.
Since he relocated to South Africa four years ago, he is the only person who has been consistently filling up above its capacity the FNB Stadium, Africa’s largest stadium, since its opening in 1989.
He always says that his achievements are “not because he is intelligent or clever, but because of the Grace of God”.