Shepherd Bushiri’s Church Members Robbed At Gunpoint: Members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), founded by the Malawian self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri, were robbed at gunpoint during a night vigil in Kamhlushwa, Mpumalanga on Saturday.
At around 9:30 on Saturday, three masked gunmen robbed approximately 10 congregants of the popular Christian church while they waited for additional members to join them for a Scheduled night vigil.
This was disclosed in a statement released on Sunday by the Provincial Commissioner of Police Mpumalanga.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, a spokesman for the police, claimed that the robbers made away with 14 smartphones, an unspecified amount of cash, bank cards, and pins belonging to the congregants and the church.
The robbers also took two sets of car keys before driving off in one of the victim’s white Volkswagen Polo Vivo car. The vehicle however was reportedly found abandoned near Mzinti, some 7 kilometers away from the church.
They robbed members of an undisclosed amount of cash, 14 cell phones, personal bank cards, the church’s bank card, and further demanded their PINs,” Mohlala stated.
In an effort to apprehend the perpetrators, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Dapney Manamela has put up a team to look into the case. The General said Mpumalanga Police will never allow criminals to walk free and promised to get those behind the robbery behind bars soon.
Several members of the church in over 70 nations have been in shock following the incident. The horrifying incident however serves as a striking reminder of how easily criminal activities may be committed iat worship places.
“ECG Ministries is a modern congregation of Christ–centered believers celebrating God through the Prophetic, Healing, and Deliverance Ministries. It is a home to millions across the globe who seek to hear God speaking today,” states the church’s website.