Malawi clears Bushiri’s family to travel to Kenya for daughter’s transplant

Shepherd Bushiri with his wife Mary in the past. [Photo: SABC]

Controversial Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri’s family has been allowed to travel to Kenya to secure medical attention for their ailing daughter.

The Malawian government in a letter signed by Richard Chimwendo, the Banda legislator-cum-Ministry of Homeland Security, gave a nod to the family who scouting for a treatment centre for 10-year-old Israella Bushiri.

A hospital in Malawi referred them to a top private hospital in Kenya where Israella would get treatment for her yet-to-be-disclosed ailment.

More than a week ago, four of Bushiri family members were blocked from leaving Malawi for Kenya.

Scanty details as stated by the Malawian government will allow the young girl to get a transplant at a Kenyan hospital.

She will be accompanied by Esther Bushiri, Magdalena Zgambo and Raphaella.

“I would like to confirm that Israella has been referred by his doctor to a specialist in Kenya upon examination of her condition, which cannot be treated locally. In view of this development, he will be accompanied by Raphaella, who is key in the transplant,” the letter as seen by People Daily states.

Esther and Magdalena will stay in Nairobi until the transplant is over.

“The Government of Malawi has no objection for the patient and the three guardians to travel abroad for medical attention considering that there are no travel restrictions imposed on them by the Government,” the letter adds.

Bushiri and his wife Mary have been embroiled in controversy shrouded in money laundering.

In 2020, they were both sent to jail before being freed on bail. Bushiri returned to Malawi as South African authorities seized their assets on grounds that they were obtained illegally.

Bushiri through his lawyer Wapona Kita said that it is only in Kenya where Israella can get help because her condition cannot be treated in Malawi.

Considered a flight risk, Bushiri is not allowed to leave Malawi unless with the government’s approval.