South Africa-based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has condemned his compatriots’ obsession with Western culture and vilifying home-grown ideas, describing the mentality as ‘fake and satanic’.
During a media conference in Lilongwe yesterday ahead of the Malawi leg of the Global Prophetic Crusade scheduled for Bingu National Stadium this Sunday, the prophet encouraged Malawians to appreciate each other’s success and learn from the experiences to move forward.
Bushiri, who restricted journalists to questions on the crusade, expressed the sentiments following a question on his take on Malawi’s socio economic challenges.
He responded that the major problem facing the country is the “pull him/her down” syndrome instead of learning from one another. He said most of his compatriots have a colonial mentality that glorifies everything Western as superior.
Said Bushiri: “In the religion sector, we are still colonised. Many churches in this country were introduced by [Western] missionaries and these were whites. Malawians believe these churches. We welcomed these churches and believed everything they told us.
“But every Malawian who starts his [or her] own church is fought against.”
His reaction was in apparent reference to the criticism he has over the years, especially through social media platforms, discrediting him as a false prophet and a satanist. He observed that the negative tags are attached to any successful Malawian.
The prophet urged Malawians to stop relying on politicians as change-agents and should instead believe in themselves as agents of change.
He also dismissed social media reports linking him to local politics, saying his task is to win souls to God’s ministry.
The Global Prophetic Tour has taken Bushiri to the United States of America (USA), Australia, Nigeria and now his home Malawi. During the tour, Bushiri and his Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) seek to win at least two million souls to Jesus. n