By Exposed Uganda
British mogul David Greenhalgh’s lover Dorothy Apuyo aka Parks Dee Laker is living in fear following the arrest of her close business associate and confidant Shepherd Bushiri, a popular pastor in South Africa.
We have learnt that Bushiri, the founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering, and his wife Mary Bushiri, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges related to fraud and money laundering worth R102-million on Wednesday, the couple’s second court appearance in two weeks.
In an interview published on Enlightened Christian Gathering’s (ECG) website, church leader Bushiri says men of God “who have been blessed with a fortune” are often vilified “but, if you read the Bible, you will note that men of God were rich”.
Bushiri, 37, and his wife Mary, 39, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud and money laundering worth R102-million on Wednesday after they were arrested by the Hawks the previous day.
Hundreds of churchgoers were reported to have gathered outside the court to support the controversial “prophet”, whom they call “Major One” or “Papa”.
Bushiri has been referred to as one of the richest religious leaders on the continent, worth an estimated $150-million, and is often pictured with his private jet or luxury vehicles. ECG operates in multiple African countries, with 110 branches and a million worshippers in South Africa, Bushiri said in recent court papers.
Bushiri’s Sandton-based company Shepherd Bushiri Investments has interests in mining, real estate, and an airline, according to ECG’s website. In 2018, Bushiri launched the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa in Magaliesburg, one of eight hotels he reportedly owns across the globe.
“According to Bushiri, he ventured into business to support his family as he does not believe the church must support his family,” states ECG’s website.
Man Of God Or Man Of Scandal
Despite claiming to be a man of God, Bushiri is instead a man of scandals. This is because Bushiri, who has claimed he can walk on air and perform miracles such as curing people of HIV, has often been accused of swindling church members, most notably by rival evangelical pastor Mboro Motsoeneng.
The NPA has not released details of the latest allegations against Bushiri, but the Hawks said Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo were also arrested on Saturday, 17 October in the same case.
Willah Mudolo is the founder of the African Development Funding Group and according to his LinkedIn and personal website he is a major supporter of former first lady Tobeka Zuma’s foundation. He also leads property development company Rising Estates.
According to City Press, in 2017 Bushiri told congregants they could earn a 50% profit within 30 days if they joined a “commodity investment opportunity”, with the minimum investment starting at R100,000.
The publication said church members flocked to invest and arrived at the church on the allotted days with cash, as advised. Those who could not deliver the cash were advised to deposit their investments with Rising Estates, run by Bushiri’s close associates.
City Press quoted multiple church members who claimed they invested in the scheme but had not received any returns.
According to ECG spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo, the Hawks asked to meet “Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri” on Tuesday morning to discuss Rising Estates.
Police arrested Mary, a director at Shepherd Bushiri Investments, at a Sandton property and her husband, whom the Hawks said handed himself over with an “entourage of attorneys” after “attempting to evade the team”.
In a separate case, the couple was arrested on fraud and money laundering charges, involving over R15-million, in February 2019. In that case, they appeared in a pre-trial conference last week and the case is scheduled to be heard in the Pretoria High Court in May and June 2021.
Also included in that case is the couple’s alleged illegal violation of exchange control regulations for purchasing a 1984 Gulfstream jet for R19-million in cash.
In 2019, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said he was not responsible for a stampede at his Pretoria Showgrounds church the previous year, where three people died and 17 others were injured.
While expressing his willingness to be subjected to the law, the “prophet” has dismissed the various allegations against him. He claims his detractors are either jealous of his church’s success or focusing on his wealth due to racism.
“I am a businessman and that is separate from being a prophet. My prosperity is from private businesses. Such questions are not asked from leaders of white churches but when an African man prospers, then it’s a problem,” he told BBC in 2018.
Video clips of Bushiri telling congregants he foresaw that 2020 would be a “great year” have been widely circulated on social media. Part of the year, however, could see the Bushiris await trial in prison as prosecutors on Wednesday argued that the couple should be denied bail.
How Bushiri And Greenhalgh’s Lover Parks Dee Met
Pastor Bushiri, Greenlagh and his lover Parks Dee Laker were once close friends and business associates, until a multibillion scandal emerged, in which Greenhalgh and lover accused Bushiri of allegedly swindling billions of shillings from them.
Reports indicated that Parks Dee and Greenalgh were convinced by a top Kampala pastor to sow a seed in prophet Bushiri’s miracle money project, which however later turned out to be a scam in which they lost a lot of money.
However, following the reports of being conned, Parks Dee came out to vehemently deny anything of that nature.
Parks Dee claimed that she is a member of prophet Bushiri’s Church and the man of God had never conned them of any money.
She also revealed that there is a group of dishonest individuals who wanted to disorganize her life and soil the image of the prophet.
Parks Dee trashed all the allegations of being conned by Pastor Bushiri as unfounded rumours that had been circulated by his haters, claiming that Greenhalgh’s ex-lover Bad Black was conniving with some guys in South Africa and Malaysia to con money from Greenhalgh and tarnish both Bushiri and her image.
However, following his recent arrest, Moles reveal that Parks Dee might be telling a different story now or could have admitted that her and Greenhalgh were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bushiri’s scam victims.
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