Pastor Bushiri’s family allowed to travel to Kenya for daughter’s treatment

By Nyaboga Kiage On Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 10:59 | < 1 min read
Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri with his wife, Mary. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri with his wife, Mary. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The Malawian government has granted pastor Shepherd Bushiri’s family permission to travel to Kenya to allow his daughter to seek medical attention.

Malawi’s decision comes just 10 days after Bushiri’s daughter, Israella, who had been referred to a private hospital in Kenya was blocked from leaving the country.

A letter from Malawi’s government indicates that four individuals linked to the preacher’s family were allowed to travel to Kenya.

The minor is expected to undergo a transplant at a private facility and will be accompanied by three others identified as Raphaella, Esther Bushiri and Magdalena Zgambo.

Zgambo and Esther will take care of the patient while she stays in Nairobi.

“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.

According to the letter signed by Richard Chimwendo, the Banda Member of Parliament who doubles up as the Ministry of Homeland Security, the Malawian Government had no objection for the patient and the three to travel to Kenya.

“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,” Mr Chimwendo said, adding he will be grateful once the four get the assistance they require.

Bushiri’s lawyer, Wapona Kita, said the minor’s condition cannot be treated locally in Malawi.

Kita had last week raised concerns that Bushiri’s daughter’s needed urgent medical attention.

Are you a Kenyan in the diaspora with a story to tell? Do you know someone of Kenyan origin doing something remarkable in the diaspora? Do you have an opinion that you would like to share? Email us at [email protected]