Eight year old daughter of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) pastor Shepherd Bushiri and Mary Bushiri has died in Kenyanian Hospital after a long period of sickness.
The couple recently got clearance for their daughter to fly to Kenya for treatment after she was initially blocked from flying out.
The Malawian Pastor, Bushiri reported the death of his daughter on a statement on social media.
”It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my daughter, Israella Bushiri. As the father it was my desire to see her grow and serve the Lord, however the will of God was was for her to return back to him.
”Israella was born during a time when my wife and I are going through persecution and she has lived her life witnessing what it means to fight and labor for the Lord despite trials and battles.” Bushiri said.
It had been reported that Bushiri’s daughters and mother-in-law were prevented from leaving their native Malawi for Nairobi, Kenya, by customs officials at Lilongwe International Airport.
He added that, their daughter was a precious gift that lifted their spirits.
”In our darkest moments she gave us light and in our lowest moments she lifted our spirits, I am grateful to God to have fathered an angel of such spirit and beauty. She will always be my little girl.” He said.
He also reported that his daughter has become a victim of the persecution his wife and him were facing.
”It is very disheartening and sad therefore that my daughter has become a victim of the persecution we are facing in South Africa.” He added.
It is reported that, the doctor had said Bushiri’s daughter would not have died if she had not been blocked at the airport when she initially needed to travel to Kenya for medical assistance.
The couple is wanted in South Africa on charges of fraud and money laundering.
Shepherd Bushiri and his wife fled South Africa for Malawi, in violation of their bail conditions. They, along with three co-accused face charges of fraud and money laundering to the tune of R102 million. They were each released on R200 000 bail by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after being in police custody for more than two weeks.
Their bail application in Malawi came on the same day they were set to return to the court for the aforementioned charges.