AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
THE eight-year-old daughter of self-styled “prophet” Sheperd Bushiri, who is on the run from South African authorities, has died in a hospital in Kenya.
Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christain Gathering, announced the death of Israella and blamed her death on the “persecution” by SA and Malawi authorities.
“When I spoke to the Doctor, he highlighted that if she had not been blocked at the airport the first time she needed to travel to Kenya for medical assistance, she wouldn’t have passed on.
It is very disheartening and sad, therefore, that my daughter has become a victim of the persecutions that we are facing from South Africa,” Bushiri said in a statement.
Israella is suspected to have died from complicaitons related to a lung infection.
Bushiri paid a loving tribute to his daughter.
“Israella was a strong young girl who loved to worship and serve God, despite her young age. She was brilliant in her speech and possessed a divine excellency in the way she spoke and even tackled her studies. Today, all those that encountered her testify that they felt a certain special aura that oozed divinity. She was a walking angel. In our darkest moments she gave us light and in our lowest moments, she lifted our spirits. I am grateful to God to have fathered an angel of such spirit and beauty. She will always be my little girl.
“Today, my wife and I choose not to mourn her but to celebrate her life. I do not believe that the devil could take the life of my daughter. She was a child of God and she passed on to be with Him according to His will. We prayed and we fasted, we commanded out- and in this week, when the Lord spoke to me that it will be a week of His will- His will has taken place.”