South African –based Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has deplored what he calls the colonised Malawian mentality – which glorifies and celebrates everything western while vilifying home-grown ideas as ‘fake and satanic’.
Bushiri said Malawians should learn to appreciate each other’s success and be willing to learn from such experiences if the country is to move forward.
He was speaking in Lilongwe at a press briefing ahead of the Global Prophetic Crusade to be held at the Bingu Stadium this coming Saturday. The prophet who limited questions to the forthcoming crusade was forced to air out his chest following a question on what he makes out of Malawi’s socio-economic challenges.
Bushiri said the big problem facing the country is an attitude of wanting to pull each other down instead of learning from one another. He said while the citizenry was politically free – it remains chained to the colonialistic mentality which considers only everything western as real and genuine.
“In the religion sector, we are still colonised. Many churches in this country where brought by missionaries and these were whites. And Malawians believe these churches. We welcomed these churches and believed everything they told us. But trust you me Malawians believe that these are the only true churches because they came with whites. And every Malawian who starts his own church is fought against” he said.
This was in apparent reference to speculations which have always made rounds on social media discrediting Bushiri as a fake prophet and a Satanist. Bushiri said, sadly such negative labels are attached to any Malawian who is successful.
“If we have that mentality as Malawians of believing in ourselves, believing in our ideas or something produced by Malawians we are ready to grow. On entrepreneurship, I do not think we are ready for a change. Every Malawian who is doing well he is either called a Satanist, corrupt or something but I think we needed to learn from each other” Bushiri declared.
Sticking with the subject of change of mentality, the South African based prophet said Malawians should stop relying on politicians as change agents instead they should rather believe in themselves as responsible for the change they want.
He also dismissed social media reports linking him to politics saying this was the propaganda otherwise he is in the country to win souls as part of the global prophetic tour.
The tour according to Bushiri has taken him to USA, Australia, Nigeria and now Malawi among other countries. The aim, he said, is to win over 2 million souls to Jesus.