By Our Reporter
Franklin Mondo Mugisha, the lead Pastor of Empowerment Christian Prayer Center International and several other Church leaders in Uganda have celebrated the decision by court in South Africa to grant Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary bail on Wednesday.
Bushiri, commonly referred to as ‘Major 1’, appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, where throngs of supporters displayed posters in solidarity with their leader.
On hearing the couple has been released on bail of R100,000, the hundreds of supporters lifted their hands to the sky, dancing, praying and crying ensued.
“They are fine and shortly they will be addressing the people of Prophetic Channel live,” the Church said in a statement.
Bushiri and his wife, deemed controversial, were arrested at the Sparkling Waters hotel in Rustenburg last week.
According to South African media, the Hawks’ case against the pair concerns alleged offences of fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA).
The crimes were allegedly committed from 2015 in relation to Exchange Control Regulations related to foreign currency in the amount of $1,147,200 (about R15.3m), according to the Hawks.
The couple run several business enterprises in South Africa and abroad.
The case was postponed to May 10.
Pastor Denis Amos Emojong, the President of Embassy of God Ministries yesterday described what Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is going through as “persecution by the world” adding that “the whole Nation of Embassy of God is behind you [Bushiri] in Prayer”
The Times Newspaper South Africa contributed to this report.