Major 1 scam: Bushiri’s congregants blame ECG for stealing their money

Major 1 scam: Bushiri’s congregants blame ECG for stealing their money

- Congregants of Sheperd Bushiri’s ECG church are outraged following an alleged gold scam which claimed their money

- Reports indicate that senior members of the church persuaded Bushiri followers to invest in a Zambian gold scheme

- While angry congregants claim Bushiri is guilty of corruption, Palambano Investments have distanced themselves from the church and stated that Bushiri played no part in it

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“Prophet” Sheperd Bushiri just can’t stay out of the news at the moment.

The controversial religious leader was just released on bail last week on charges of fraud and money laundering.

Now, several members of his own congregation feel that Major 1 should face further criminal charges of corruption.

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This follows a recent Zambian gold scam where followers of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church were encouraged to invest by senior church members.

However, none of them have seen any returns on investment since last year.

TimesLIVE reported that ECG facilitated a scheme operated by Palambano Investments.

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According to Nelisa Dlutu, one of the company directors at Palambano Investments, the money was deposited into ECG’s bank account as the investment company was still in the process of opening their own account.

Six congregants revealed to the Sunday Times that church officials urged them to invest upwards of R5 000 into the scheme.

Nombeko Dwesini confirmed that she invested R30 000 in April 2018 via their East London church.

Dwesini said that they were initially promised to have their money returned by September 2018 then a few months later again. To date, no money has been paid back.

She has since opened a case against Palambano Investments and its directors.

Another ECG follower, Amanda Jasons, revealed that she invested R50 000 about a year ago and hasn’t seen any returns either. also understands that a church member based in East London also lost R7 000 to the scheme.

According to the man, whenever he raises the issue, he is victimised and labelled a troublemaker.

However, Dlutu claims that Bushiri played no part in the failed investment scheme.

She stated, "The money had to be paid into that ECG account while we were still registering Palambano. But the money never went to Major One."

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