Malawian national, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri aka Major 1 of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church was put under Visa restriction because he was “too demanding”.
Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Edwin Batshu this week told Parliament when he was grilled as to why the prophet’s request resulted in him being in the government’s bad books. Batshu revealed that Bushiri wanted security provision while in the country and wanted the government to direct for all the borders to be opened 24 hours.“His church wrote a letter to my ministry requesting that we open our borders for 24 hours. They stated in the letter that given the stature of the pastor we grant their permission of opening the borders as per their request.
“They said people would be coming from all over to see the pastor”, Batshu stated. He told the legislators that it was for these reasons that government had to ask Bushiri to apply for visa. He explained that countries within Southern African Development Community (SADC) that are required to obtain visa to enter Botswana are Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.
The minister said it is proper for government of Botswana as a Sovereign State to legislate issues relating to religion and morality for the maintenance of law and order. At that time Bushiri was scheduled to attend a crusade of his church in Gaborone, but ended up sending one of his pastors instead.Bushiri popularly known as Major 1, whose church is based in Pretoria, South Africa, was put under restriction under unclear circumstances.
The youthful prophet was blacklisted from entering Botswana under the Immigration Act (Cap. 25:02). At the time Batshu notified that in accordance with regulation 5 of the Immigration (Visa) Regulations, the Minister declares that ‘Shepherd Huxley Bushiri of Malawian nationality is to obtain Visa to enter Botswana.’