Leader and Founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has commended Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera for his servant leadership, describing him as a ‘listening president.”
According to a press release by Prophet Bushiri and ECG church, they welcome government’s adjustment to accommodate church gatherings of up to 100 people, in Malawi, from the previously announced number of 10.
“We understand that the faith community and some sectors of our society raised concerns regarding the move and requested a review from our Head of State, His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera. By moving swiftly to give the concerns an ear and, again, making adjustments accordingly, we find President Chakwera to be a listening leader and his decisions immensely progressive as it signifies the spirit of making every voice matter,” leads part of the statement by ECG.
According to the presser, Prophet Bushiri and his church believe that the battle against COVID-19 can only be won through a multi-sectoral approach as such, as President Chakwera’s government has demonstrated and that all stakeholders need to embrace a spirit of listening and understanding each other.
“ECG Malawi wants to assure government that we will continue to be a church on the frontlines of containing COVID-19 by ensuring that all our branches, from Nsanje to Chitipa, restrict gathering to 100 people and, most importantly, intensify implementation of wearing face masks, hand sanitizing and observing social distance,” it reads.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri becomes the first high and respected figure of the clergy to openly support Malawi government’s efforts in containing the spread of Covid-19 by reducing the numbers of people attending church services.
His churches in Malawi have also been on the forefront fighting against the disease and has made various charity contributions to people of Malawi.
According to information made available to Akometsi News, the man of God plans to open private quarantine centers in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre to help those who cannot self-quarantine due to resources. However, according to Bushiri’s Spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo, more information is yet to be made available on the project as the project requires thoroughly consultation.