On Wednesday, 20 February, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri celebrated his 36th birthday.
Thus far, 2019 has not been Prophet Shepherd Bushiri's year. He has been in and out of court rooms and even more allegations have surfaced since his last appearance.
However, something good has finally happened to the controversial pastor. Major One turned 36 on Wednesday and Briefly.co.za decided to gather five facts about the religious leader.
1. Early life
Shepherd Huxley Bushiri was born on 20 February 1986, where he grew up in Mzuzu, in the northern part of Malawi.
At a young age, Major One allegedly had a spiritual encounter, after which he devoted his life to God.
2. Enlightened Christian Gathering
Bushiri founded the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), which he established and leads churches in South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, South Sudan and several African countries.
3. Love of his life
The controversial pastor is married to Mary Bushiri, with whom he has two daughters. Mary is a qualified accountant, who also works in the ministry alongside her husband.
Bushiri and his wife were recently arrested on charges of fraud and money laundering, but, they both were granted R100k bail each.
4. Lavish lifestyles
After he and his wife had been arrested, the public has focused more on their luxury lifestyle. So, Briefly.co.za took a look at the prophet's luxury lifestyle.
In 2017, Bushiri bought his daughter a Maserati for her sixth birthday. The extravagant allegedly cost him R1.7 million. Read more:
Aside from the alleged criminal offenses, Bushiri has made headlines for his controversial abilities as a religious leader.
From curing HIV to summoning angels in his sermons, the controversial prophet has managed to make almost as many enemies as he has followers.
Many have accused him of exploiting his congregation to make money.
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