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Botswana shuts down pastor Shepherd Bushiri's church, over "miracle money"

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According to reports, Botswana has cancelled the registration of a church linked to controversial Malawian pastor, Shepherd Bushiri. 

A government notice says that the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church International had failed to respond to a letter, asking it to give reasons why it should not be closed. 

A local paper is reporting that the church solicits what it calls “miracle money”, and the government regards it as illegal. It also says that other groups linked to the church have been ordered to cease their operations.

Pastor Bushiri is a renowned religious leader in southern Africa, and is famous for his preaching style which involves make-belief miracles. He caused a stir two years ago when he released a video on You Tube purporting to walk on air.

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