TERENCE MISELO Writes
Malawian renowned female artiste Wendy Harawa says she is grateful to Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s donation of 500 bags of mealie-meal in Chirundu district through his Zambian branch and the District Commissioner’s office recently to avert the hunger situation in the area.
Harawa who considers Zambia as her second home says she was moved by the prophet’s acts of charity which he continues to offer to various countries other than Malawi his country of origin.
She said prophet Bushiri’s gesture should be emulated especially by people with great influence in society.
“The prophet through his many branches and projects across Africa has continued to show love and acts of charity. I was moved when I heard he had made donations to Chirundu in Zambia. That’s like my second home. I have a strong connection to Zambia and it feels good to see the prophet reaching out his hand to the needy,” said Harawa in a telephone interview.
And Harawa who has now gone gospel has said prophet Bushiri has helped a number of artistes in Malawi, South Africa and beyond to enable them make music of high standard through his sponsorships. She said as a beneficiary, she is highly indebted to prophet Bushiri because he has helped her and many others get their music and God’s message out there.
“He has supported a number of musicians not only in Malawi but around Africa. He has contributed a lot to the music industry,” said Harawa.
Last week, Chirundu district commissioner Alfred Hamunjo confirmed Bushiri’s donation saying it came as a result of the hunger situation in the district and that his office had engaged different churches to supplement what government was doing.
Harawa and many other Malawians feel the ‘Man of God’ has a huge responsibility to help the poor especially in South Africa where he has his headquarters.
“In South Africa for example, the prophet has helped boost the economy through his many businesses. He has created employment opportunities and thousands of his followers who come to South Africa bring lots of foreign exchange. He has lots of charity projects there and a number of small businesses benefit from his church,” Harawa, who is in South Africa says.
“He provides charitable donations including livelihood support, educational support for orphans, and humanitarian relief in the form of food subsidies. It is against this background that Major 1 needs to continue being respected.”