Bushiri Implicated In 'Prepostreous' Urgent Application

Bushiri and wife Mary
Bushiri and wife Mary

FRANCISTOWN: While self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary are in a fierce battle with South African authorities over fraud and money laundering allegations, Shepherd’s name resurfaced in Botswana albeit under suspicious circumstances.

The pair that fled to their native Malawi, is now fighting extradition to South Africa (SA) in connection with fraud and money laundering, allegedly to the tune of R102 million. However, in the midst of the Bushiris' legal woes, Shepherd’s name played a prominent role before Justice Lot Moroka on Wednesday when two Zimbabwean brothers Bhekimpilo Ncube and Emmanuel Promise Ncube, and a local, Vincent Mudongo, approached the court on urgency praying to reconsider their sentences that were passed by a Magistrate in Letlhakane this year.

A common thread in the applicants’ submission is that the lower court erred in law by not ordering that their sentences for offences such as entering Botswana illegally, breaking and stealing from a shop and being found in possession of explosives should run concurrently and not consecutively. For example in Bhekimpilo’s matters, he was convicted and sentenced to eight and five years in jail for entering Botswana illegally, and breaking and stealing from a shop respectively while he was also imprisoned for three months for the remaining offence.

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