The first time I saw Prophet Shepherd Bushiri face to face was last Friday at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre where he donated K44 million to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to meet Flames’ budget shortfall for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Guinea.
The sight of ‘Major 1’ arriving at Chiwembe Technical Centre amid pomp and glamour with his support staff and bodyguards was a wonder to behold and I came to appreciate why he has turned himself into poster boy and celebrity.
Sporting a tight-fitting navy-blue suit (ukiti-ukiti), a white shirt, maroon necktie complete with matching maroon pointed toe lace up shoes, he appeared more like a model than man of God. Beside him was his beautiful wife—a combo of a lady— whose perfume aroma almost blocked my nostrils! Boy, oh boy!
I instantly realised why he hogs the limelight apart from his prophecy, which I am told by some of his followers, often time comes to pass, except of course, when he missed it on his prophecy that Australia would win the Rugby World Cup as it was won by New Zealand. Perhaps that is why he could not be drawn to prophecy on the outcome of Friday’s match between Malawi and Guinea, saying: “I don’t want to make any prophicies, I make them on the pulpit.”
Let me prophecy on behalf of ‘Major 1’ that the Flames, inspired by the donation, will punch above their weight and get a result in Conakry that will cheer the spirits of a nation battling a severe economic squeeze. Come on Flames! Let’s scorch Guinea. Uloliwe, uloliwe wayidudula, neng’asiza hah! (The train is pushing). Glory be to God. n