Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri on Monday announced the passing of his and wife Mary’s first-born child, Israella Bushiri.

Bushiri took to his social media pages to announce the news, revealing that the little girl had been treated at a hospital in Kenya.

In a post published on 18 March, Bushiri revealed she was admitted to ICU with a lung infection.

In the statement, Bushiri implied that South African authorities had a hand in her death. He said her doctor “highlighted that if she had not been blocked at the airport the first time she needed to travel to Kenya for medical assistance, she wouldn’t have passed on”.

“It is very disheartening and sad, therefore, that my daughter has become a victim of the persecutions that we are facing from South Africa.”

The Bushiri’s are currently in their home country of Malawi, where they have been for some months after fleeing South Africa illegally while out on bail for a fraud and money laundering case.

A warrant of arrest was subsequently issued and an extradition order case will soon be heard in a Malawian court.

A few days ago, pictures were posted on Bushiri’s social media pages of congregants prayer for Israella’s recovery.

“Israella was born during a time when my wife and I were going through great persecution, and she has lived her life witnessing what it means to fight and labour for the Lord despite trials and battles,” he said on Monday.