Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his United Families International Church (Ufic) on Saturday night lit up Harare as thousands of people from all over the country and abroad thronged the National Sports Stadium (NSS) to attend a mega Easter event dubbed Judgment Night 2.
BY EVERSON MUSHAVA
As early as 8am people in kombis, hired buses and private vehicles started arriving at the giant NSS. The event was slated to begin at 8PM.
By 4pm, terraces at the 60 000 capacity stadium were almost full, while hundreds of more people were still flocking in.
Notably, the sick on wheel chairs had come in their large numbers for deliverance from sickness. Others laid on the ground with their food provisions waiting for their “greatest night.” Some of them had entered the stadium as early as 8AM in order to secure places to sit.
Bay 17 terraces reserved for international guests were also filling up by 4PM.
UFIC spokesperson Prime Kufakunesu said 150 000 people were expected to attend Judgment 2. Of these 10 000 were expected to come from other countries in the region and beyond.
Freddy Nyariri, one of the congregants, said he expected to deliverance from Judgment Night.
“We hope to witness great miracles and deliverance from a lot of curses such poverty,” Nyariri said.
Simon Munyari, who was sick and lying on the ground, said he had tried many doctors and his condition has not improved. He was hopeful for a miracle cure during the event.
“I will be delivered from this illness today,” Munyari said.
Many people were wearing Judgment Night 2 T-shirts. Others were brandishing gavels of judgment to signal the God’s ruling against all forms of curses.
Police had a torrid time controlling traffic in and out of the NSS main entrance. Vendors had also taken advantage of the large numbers to sell their wares outside the stadium along Samora Machel Avenue.
Most vehicles had posters of the Judgment Night 2 while some commuter omnibuses dumped their routes to ply the National Sports Stadium route.
The event which was scheduled to end this morning was set to be graced by top South African gospel divas Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Deborah Fraser alongside Zimbabwe gospel artists Joyce Simeti, Gospel Power, Leonard Zhakata and Charles and Olivia Charamba.