Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili
Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Hon. Godfridah Sumaili has dismissed allegations that her Ministry has set up guidelines to prevent small churches from operating.

And Sumaili has said it was a total fabrication that her Ministry had set up guidelines demanding that Pastors should hold degrees in Theology.

She has also dismissed the claim that Churches should have a minimum number of 500 congregants failure to which they would face de-registration.

On Sunday in a live broadcast from his Pretoria Church, Controversial Malawian preacher, Sheperd Bushiri attacked Hon. Godfridah Sumaili and Copperbelt Minister, Bowman Lusambo.

He accused Ministry of National Guidance & Religious Affairs of setting rules that restricted Freedom of Worship.

Bushiri claimed that Sumaili had set up rules requiring that pastors hold a degree in theology and should have a minimum membership of 500 congregants.

He also claimed that he had evidence of wrong doing and illegalities that Sumaili had committed when she was Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission.

“There is a fake circulation, a false statement written by an unknown pastor claiming that the Ministry of National Guidance & Religious Affairs has promulgated regulations to the effect that:

1. Only Pastors with a degree holder in theology will be allowed to pastor/Shepherd a Church.
2. A church should have minimum 500 members or will be derigistered!”

“This is a total lie as the Bible in Mathew 18:20 states that: “For where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there “.

Recently government barred entry into Zambia, Uebert Angel and Sheperd Bushiri

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    • One thing is certain Shepherd Bushiri is not a prophet of the Living God. He is a false prophet and greedy charlatan.

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    • Hadn’t he opened his mouth, most blind followers of “Prophet” Bushiri wouldnt have known the true heart condition of the “Prophet”. His (Bushiri) own words have betrayed him. Just his words alone reveals his arrogance and disrespect. He shouldnt be allowed in the country.

      Matthew 12:34 (KJV)
      34. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

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    • If you pay attention to what bushiri is saying. He is absolutely right.

      Zambians are too dull to realise this.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Bushilu is a time wasting cretin forget the thing and let’s move with serious matters.

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    • The world has 7 Billion people.

      Zambia has stopped from entering its soil. Therefore, why not take his gospel to the rest of the world where they can accept his foolishness.

      Just his conduct and language proves why GRZ has banned him from coming into Zambia. So its eating him inside.
      This guy is a “BOOOGIEEE INVESTOR “pretending to be a preacher.

      GEEEEE!! Emerald Dealing….

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    • Mushota you just forgot to say that you just completed your PhD. That should be a good follow-up after saying ‘the Zambians are too dull to realise this’. You would sound even more educated. Why did you not work that out!

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    • 2020vision name calling is for the sata era. Stop you dirt name calling politics.

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    • So Sumaili is following guidelines from Book of Mathew, and not New Zambian constitution.
      According

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    • So what if he is? He isn’t a politician
      Those who follow him have to worry about that not the whole nation

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    • This is what govt offices have been reduced to. Having feild day exchanging with a foreign based pastor and then draw a salary for that. Really is thst what religion can reduce a govt to. This Christian Nation issue is being taken too far and allowimg for unproductive ministries to be created.

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    • Heheheh she is busy responding to show that she has a job. Bushiri is not in Zambia right nown so why get worked up. Yaba Ba PF banchito kwena !

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  1. My advice is that do not respond to this Malawian. He should go baxk to his country where he was chased. Bushiri is a disgrace and his end is near. Watch this space!

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  2. I think enough has been said on Bushiri madam Minister. Simply ignore him and use our taxpayers money for other more meaningful things.

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    • She is behaving like a teenager who has discovered ubundowendowe muchi bemba, budododo muchi tonga, munati mwa silozi, muchi nyanja kunzuna, muki kaonde will soon find out from my neighbor, you want her to do something else when she has no job description, she just same as minister without portfolio, that’s Africa for you.

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    • Granted that Zambians really saw the need for a Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs appointing aligned Godfridah Sumaili to head it was a wrong call. Experience in Zambia has shown that heading a ministry does not call for one from among subject matter specialists even an atheist would have coordinated operations of this ministry well as s/he would not have any commitment to various religious beliefs but managerial skills!

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  3. Zambia is peaceful, more peaceful after putting HH behind bars. It would be sad to see HH walk to freedom, at least not before serving 21yrs.
    Ignore Bushiri, I think he lacks wisdom.

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    • Lungu is now banning this pastor because his prayers pull more crowds than lungus national prayers.

      Bushiri refused to feed his flock PF propaganda hence lungus anger.

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  4. Comment:Why are you giving this guy platform? maybe you’re also enjoying this cho chise!! Ba minister ifwe we don’t like it especially that I don’t even understand the functions of your ministry

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  5. China man is undeveloping Zambia by grabbing all the building contracts which means lesser of local skill sets and less of local capacity.

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  6. you see how irrelevant ministry of religion is, Godfridah is trying to keep herself busy by responding to irrelevant issues every day. its high time the ministry is scrapped off.

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  7. @6 although it doesnt address the topic what you are saying is more relevant and importsnt to what zambian is becoming…….a satellite state of china

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  8. Comment:
    Something doesn’t seem to be right in this Bushiri – Sumaili confrontation. Something arcane, and we need to know?

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    • Cashing. Most of these guys are dealers in precious stones, remember the dan pule gold scandal? How he was sold fake gold, just goggle dan pule gold scandal. Am sure most of them are jealous of the young man owning a precious stones mine. Nothing else.

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    • My thoughts exactly.there is more to this than meets the eye. First it was because he was a fake prophet now its his investment .whatever the case, the truth shall come out .

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  9. You can not trust anyone here especially on religious issues and politics…moreover this ministry should never been created by Lazy.

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  10. Hon. Minister Sumaili, please stop responding to pastor Bushiri.Its demeaning your status of your office. For daring the government, let the law deal with Bushiri when he comes to Zambia.The bible teaches us all to respect those in authority be it in government, church or even workplace. Its God who choses leaders. You are in office because God chose you to lead that ministry, so don’t worry about Bushfire’s ratings.

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  11. Time show come when people show raise against men of God. But you shouldn’t be surprised with this. They show talk false testimony and lie to Christian, and many show be divited from the true way. We are not surprised of you mama, our King Jesus told us already about these things.continue and burrie yourself with your Rules.

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  12. there is something wrong with the ministry and its government. did he come to grab the mines or was permitted to operate and employ some 700 zambians who could be pushed in the streets if the mines close.

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  13. Interesting to see how the Minister has evaded the allegations of corruption which she apparently committed whilst at Human Rights Commission.. She is afraid of being Prophesied to…

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  14. Come on Godfridar, what law are you using to ban the prophets in Zambia. A country cannot be run on your whims and caprices, follow the rule of law.

    Tell us then who is a true prophet! You are an embarrassment to Christianity and don’t use the Bible for your selfish ends. When Prophet Angel and Prophet Beverly were coming, were they not coming to win souls for the Lord?

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  15. Comment:
    One major concern about Bushiri’s ECG could be the very rapid growth of this church. All other church organizations, not just in Africa but also globally, are alarmed by the movements of adherents away from these churches to ECG. And so this panic mode.

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  16. THIS BUSHIRI IS AN AGENT OF SATAN, WHAT PASTOR OR PROPHET BEHAVES LIKE THIS SWINE?
    INCASE THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE BELIEVEING IN THIS ***** CALLED MAJOR BUSHIRI JUST GO TO YOUTUBE AND CHECK HOW EVIL THIS GUY IS, HERE IS THE LINK “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyO4gFxrPYI”
    HE LIED AND AFTER BEING COUGHT HE RESORTED TO THREATENING ANTONIO

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  17. The Prophet what most of you don´t know is that: He is under fire because he refused to be bribed when he opened the mine in Zambia. He did it will clean hands so those who want to riot they have find him a hinderness to corrupt and fraudus activities. Shame! that the ministry of Religion has used to sweep the dirty under the carpet.

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  18. PENTECOSTALS BELIEVE IN CHANGING NAMES SO THAT YOUR NAME IS IN TANDEM WITH YOUR FAITH. ONLY TWO PASTORS WITH BAD NAMES HAVE NOT CHANGED THEM
    THE LOSERS ARE;
    NEVER MUMBA AND BUSHILU

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    • Today, ruling has been whether to take to high court adjourned to Wednesday because magistrate is not feeling well. 13:15 znbc news

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  19. Let Shepherd Bushiri exercise his right to preach anyway, including Zambia. What is wrong with Zambian Christians? ECG has a huge following in Zambia. The followers have seen something in Bushiri’s preaching that they have not seen in Joshua Banda and Joe Imakando. Let people choose what they want to hear. If one does not believe in the message of Bushiri, just do not listen to him. Government should keep out of christian fightings. Concentrate on developing Zambia.

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  20. this is what happens when you set up Government ministries that are totally useless and irrelevant. Christ said do not mix politics and the church! this whole issue is foolish…..I have nothing to do with Bushiri but all I can say is leave the guy alone…if he is really from God then it shall be revealed….

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  21. Matt 5:9
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

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  22. That headline is wrong
    It should read; Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Counters some of Bushiri’s allegations

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  23. Something is amiss here is the owner of the mine Angel or Bushiri? Who was turned away? Was it Bushiri or Angel? If it was Angel why is Bushiri so angry that he is even insulting our government? It seems Bushri works for Angel. Who does Bushiri think he is to start a quarrel with us Zambians (the government)? Anyone insulting our government automatically is insulting us the voters who has put in those in government. And for you donkeys who are busy trying to sell our country remember that this is your country put politics aside and think for your mother Zambia. Why should you support a person who is insulting, underrating your country? What a bunch of fools.

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  24. if you say that Bushiri is a magacian,then you tell us that in zambia they are not good magicians? or magicians are doing better that true christians.A magician is attracting international visitors.And his church is growing faster than those serving the true God? or is it jealousy? if God told you that Bushiri is a false prophet or magician tell the nation then.let us serve God without hindering others because of money.

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    • (Mat 7:14)
      “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”. It’s not about statistics, it’s about doing God’s Will. The crux of the matter is to identify what is required to be a true Christian, and that is what is difficult hence “narrow is the gate… and only a few find it.”

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  25. they are a lot of magicians in our shatty compounds who are advertising on posters and newspapers and getting money from poor zambians but no one has bothered to arrest them.why?

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  26. The Rwandan experience has revealed that some religious groups can fan chaos to a peaceful country. How is it possible that a Priest can be at the forefront of engaging in mining business ventures? Would the use of a pick and shovel really translate into mining investment in Zambia? Taking into account the rich diversity of many Churches of integrity that exist in Zambia, which vacant space would this Bushiri seek to fill-up? This Malawian TICK or LEECH must never be allowed to enter Zambia.

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  27. Who told you that bushiri is magician?it takes a thief catch a thief.
    If his false you are false also,show us the real prophet?

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  28. The earLier the government realize that this woman and the Ministry of Religion are a liability to to this country the bette

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  29. Our Honorable Minister should not comment on the false prophet’s allegations. It will be a great thing not to allow such useless people to come to Zambia in the name of Christianity. Sadly, multitudes follow such ignorant prophets! Rules should be enacted against little theologies from misleading people. Zambia should recognize theological training in order to guide people in religious truth. It is important to actually set standard of education for preachers during this time of false prophecy in Zambia!

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  30. It’s government responsibility to protect citizens against AIDS and false charlatans or prophets

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  31. ministry of religion must go.What religious advice can be given by somebody who never pastored a church.Why has she not responded to allegations when she was in human rights comittee.Pls leave Proph Bushiri alone. This is just jelous because of his fast growing church.What spiritual advice has been given concerning what has been hapening in Zambia.Chritian nation where coruption, revenge un forgiveness are rampart oh my foot

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  32. Zambia as a nation is blessed to have people who love God; the majority being Christians, from here the war starts the prosperity gospel has brought about these problems.
    However businessmen have started calling themselves prophets to attract Christians to their merchandise.
    It is the factor at hand every businessman wants to make his way in the church in order to sell, or even get cash from Christians using tricks.

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  33. Bushiri and Angel are part of the illuminati stay away from that stupid ECG! They want HH in office so that Bushiri could come and steal mines in Zambia I hate hate hate that man!!!! he should never be allowed in Zambia let him stay with the gullible South Africans

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  34. WE DONT EXPECT SUCH A SHALLOW COUNTER STATEMENT FROM Hon.Godfridah When bushili ATTACKED YOU HEAVILY AND YOUR MINISTRY, WE NEED YOU TO RESPOND TO HIS ALLEGATIONS AT THE SAME TIME HAMMER HIM ON WHETHER HE HAS THE RIGHT TO COMMENT ON YOU OUR MINISTER VOTED IN BY ZAMBIANS (OH SORRY YOU ARE NOMINATED MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT..IT DOESNT MATTER U HAVE A BLESSING FROM ECL WHO WAS VOTED LEGALLY.

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  35. Thieves fighting and trying to judge each other.reverends, pastors, prophets and elders. Let the drama continue.

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  36. Zambia remains a fertile ground for business people, the way for them to get to the majority of people is to call themselves prophets. Biblical prophets preached repentance and not prosperity.
    They never owned any property they were runing up and down their lives were to only preach what God spoke.
    They confronted sin, and never built houses.
    The greatest prophet was John the Baptist, this man never did a miracle but Jesus praised him, he lived in the wilderness feeding on locusts and honey.
    If we compared him to some of these current ones you don’t see that spirit in them.

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  37. I agree with the minister. Having been involved in church organization for the past 29 years I have come to understand that many preachers are not called by God. They go into church ministry as a job as a source of earning a living. No brains of thinking to start up something with their own hands which God can bless. If all other options have failed religious ministry is the last option where they are assured of getting offering money from the unsuspecting spiritually starved desperate church members. Bushiri has become a Billionaire because he used church money to buy shares in many companies and startup businesses. These church ministries which spring up under the disguise should be put in check. We have seen church leaders asking their poor members to contribute generously so that they…

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