Amabishop’s Pastor Phiri throws Makamu under the bus

Amabishop’s Pastor Phiri throws Makamu under the bus

Pastor Phiri

The issue around pastors who are predators has been an enormous one in South Africa and that we have seen the likes of Pastor Timothy Omotoso and Bishop Stephen Zondo face charges levelled against them.

Bishop Israel Makamu is that the latest pastor to require the spotlight during this negative manner after allegations and cases about soliciting sexual favours from a lass surfaced.

The Bishop’s sex scandal has boiled over such a lot that his wife was imagined to have offered the victim’s family bribe to the quantity of R1-million. Disputing of these allegations on the Moja Love show AmaBishop – a show aimed toward exposing corrupt and unrighteous church leaders – Makamu claimed to possess only been calling the lass for the church keys, as she was an employee at the church. He further disputed that his wife had offered the girl’s family money to form the case get away .

In light of those allegations, well-known figures like Uthando Nesthembu’s Musa Mseleku have begin in support of Bishop Makamu. The polygamist vehemently expressing that he doesn’t understand why any of this is often an enormous deal.

Mseleku isn’t the sole one who has taken Makamu’s side. During Sunday’s episode of AmaBishop, many viewers were also interested to listen to what other Pastors on the panel, including Pastor Joshua Maponga and Pastor Phiri, had to mention about the matter. To their disappointment, many noticed that both pastors were rather taking Makamu’s side. rather than Maponga grilling Makamu, he advised victims against taking matters to social media, or the mainstream media. On the difficulty of congregants calling pastors ‘Daddy’, he instead said that it’s a mechanism to fill the void left by absent fathers, therefore seeing nothing wrong with it. Pastor Phiri also sang an identical tune.

However, it seems as if Pastor Phiri is changing his tune. After the show aired, the pastor issued a press release during which he apologised for his utterances. He further expressed that he distances himself from statements that undermine women, and expressed that his duty is to guard women and youngsters within the church.

The statement was released through Solomon Izang Ashoms’ Facebook account – the person liable for exposing Makamu and helping his victim seek justice.
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“I wish to apologise unconditionally for the way the message was conveyed alone as if i used to be in support and condoning the alleged actions of Bishop Makamu. I hereby, distance my self from any utterances which undermines women and to be more specific those victims who have suffered under the Clergy.

“It is my responsibility to guard women and youngsters within the church against the charlatans and people who seek to take advantage of them financially, sexually and otherwise. I wish to apologise to our viewers those that take time to support and watch amabishop on channel 157 and people who follow me on various platforms both TV and social media.”