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Makandiwa prophecies challenged

A Harare couple has claimed in High Court papers that United Family International Church (Ufic) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, are false prophets out to make money.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwa want Makandiwa to repay them $5,6 million that they allegedly gave to Ufic as tithes and other donations while they were still members of the church.

The Mashangwas are suing Makandiwa, accusing him of giving them false prophecies about their business.

In their heads of argument prepared by their lawyer, advocate Thabani Mpofu and filed at the High Court, the couple claimed Makandiwa’s “false prophecies” caused them massive losses.

Two weeks ago, Makandiwa had through his lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri, filed an exception to the lawsuit, saying matters of faith could not be handled by a secular court.

However, in their response, the Mashangwas said “instead of meeting the claims head-on and establishing the truth of their representations, the prophets have decided to hide behind curtains of legalism and subterfuge”.

“They abuse the process of the court in doing so much the same way they abused the trust reposed in them by the plaintiffs [Mashangwas].

“The exception raised must be dismissed with costs, it is an annoyance.”

Mpofu urged the court to take judicial notice of the proliferation of self-styled prophets.

“Those prey on the religious, taking advantage of the negative economic conditions,” he argued.

“The time has come for the court to either interpret existing principles of law or extend them in answering the key question being whether these prophets are immune from suit if they mislead their followers”.

Mpofu said his clients were arguing that Makandiwa falsely claimed God would cancel their debts.

“The power of God is undoubted and every believer would believe that God can do anything,” he said.

“The case brought, however, is that God had not spoken to the Makandiwas about debt cancellation, thus they abused the name of God and took advantage of their congregants who believe in the power of God and who were of the view that the ‘prophets’ had communion with Him.

“The plaintiffs allege that the false and fraudulent representation having been made, they took certain decisions to their prejudice.

“A self-respecting, self-proclaimed prophet must react to these allegations and meet them head-on.

“These strike at everything that defendants stand for. That a claim lies when a fraudulent misrepresentation is made is beyond doubt.”

Mpofu said it was difficult to understand that people who claimed to be prophets referred his clients to a deregistered lawyer Tichaona Mawere while claiming he was the best.

The Mashangwas are demanding $1,7 million from the Makandiwas over the debacle.

“The second claim is very clear. This is what the prophet is alleged to have done,” Mpofu said.

“He lied that Tichaona Mawere was not only a lawyer, but a great one too and one who could never lose a case.

“The actual truth was that Mawere could lose no case because he had no right to practise and was consequently not a lawyer as alleged.

“When the ‘prophet’ lied, he intended for the plaintiffs to trust Mawere with their affairs. In the event, they did so with their lives.

“Plaintiffs had no choice but to trust a ‘God sanctioned lawyer’. Having thus trusted Mawere plaintiffs lost a fortune.

“They paid unearned legal fees and also lost what they sought to claim. Just how does one who calls themselves a prophet place such trust in a bogus lawyer?”

Mpofu claimed the Makandiwas were brainwashing their followers and the courts had to address the issue of “seeding” that he said had impoverished many.

The case is yet to be heard in open court.

27 Responses to Makandiwa prophecies challenged

  1. The Lawyer October 8, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    This is a clear case of the law of contract. A good case of undue influence because of the relationship between a powerful pastor and a gullible congregate. And some possibilities of even misrepresentation. The courts have 100 percent jurisdiction to adjudicate on this and related matters. This is not the medieval period where the Pope and clergyman were above the law of the land. It is only Parliament that has such a prerogative and even with Parliament that privilege is not absolute. Man of God if you have nothing to fear have your day in court.

    • Chiko October 8, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      True, the courts have jurisdiction over the matter. False, Makandiwa is no man of God. Don’t address him as that. He is a fake.

    • muwoni October 9, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      Non belivers cant tells us what to do. Whats being presented here at the courts and the truth of the matter are two worlds apart. A true man of God goes through periods of trials tribulations and persecutions and when he survives (of which he will) he will even come out stronger and more authentic. We have a problem whereby non prophets try to dissect judge and steer how the prophetic is supposed to be yet they have never heard a single word from God at all. If someone opens their mouth and say God never spoke to PR Makandiwa it means they themselves hear from God so they should tell us what God is saying. In that regard if they say he is false (Pr Makandiwa) then they are insinuating that they are the true prophets. This is purely political, elections are just around the corner. In the middle East they have Sharia Law and those who preside over such matters are also religious not anybody with a legal qualification. We are advocating for our own Christian Court whereby authentic pastors, prophets, evangelists, bishops (not appointed by Government) preside over Christian matters and disputes not regular readers of law or secular judges.

      We get this from 1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

      Personally i believe that secular courts and secular magistrates cannot preside over Christian matters. They might not have the requisite knowledge, experience, will and mindset to judge such matters of faith. If only we can have our own Christian Law and Courts in this nation.

      • Anti-fake prophets October 12, 2017 at 11:14 am #

        What utter hogwash!! The so-called prophet must have his day in court and prove his mettle.

    • Ola October 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      I will digress from the courts today. There is a foundation that is missing here!

      As is today in Zimbabwe, where else are people finding hope apart from the church of God?

      The demon of Africa is like this! We plunder, scatter, hurt, hate, destroy, vandalise and crush any other place where people are finding genuine and authentic help. The only spaces of hope! Yet, we act as non-existent; places where gross human violations and cruel human abuses are rampant!

      To the seeding principle, let’s get things right! This is 100% biblical. It is God himself who said, provide ‘food in my storehouse and see if I am not going to open the blessings of heaven and you will not have room enough to put it’. If we all believe in the word of God and believe that the bible is the voice of God, then this principle becomes mandatory in any church of God.

      Some verses too:

      “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

      “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

      Mind you all church activities require financing too-Churches need to function well and operate and the one who gives the seed (God) is the same person asking for it in return. We can’t hold it back from God.

      It’s just that the way church started in Africa has partly obscured us from reality. Everything was done for us by missionaries, who built all the church structures, schools and even hospitals. They presented these to us as free and we saw the church as a place of withdrawal—where all is for free. Even today, we have yet graduate from this dependence, with most of us getting scholarships, clothing (mabhero) and food aid.

      Why does the West believe is giving to Africa?

      The West has understood the principle of sowing to the extent that they will donate everything to Africa (this is another very important area we can’t finish here).

      So here in Zimbabwe, we are busy complaining about church members paying their money?????

      Now in the West, donations are done by both church members and non-church members. They have both seen the benefits and would continue to do it. As educated as Zimbabweans claim to be no one has ever dared to find out why?

      It is the giving part that matters in the Kingdom of God—it’s better to give than to receive. So we should all be crying out for spaces to give than to receive. Muchakura riini nhai vana veZimbabwe? Munoda kuramba muchipiwa zvose? Aaaaah zvimwe ngatisamukeiwo vanhu wee!

      Now this is what a few bold people in Zimbabwe have been criticised about. The Prophet is one such person, who has understood this matter and has given it the utmost urgency it deserves. I would rather follow a man of such high revelation, than those who want to shy away from money yet they so badly want it and in public act as if it’s not important. It’s a pity because you can’t attract that which you criticise.

      If persecution is about doing things right, being upright, exemplary and orderly so be it!

      Lastly, we must also understand the nature of this God that we often talk about. The way most of us praise poverty it’s as if God adores it.

      But his nature is far from it. Have you heard about his 24 elders? What do they wear on their heads? They wear gold and use gold to reverence God 24 hours non-stop. What does God wear? Isaiah 6: 1 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple”. So if his robe fills the entire temple, you tell me that’s a cheap thing?

      Well in Conclusion, as long as we agree that the Prophet did not write the bible and the bible is the voice of God, I don’t see why we should ever question the issue of tithes. Forward with tithes, and backwards never!

  2. Not fooled October 8, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    This is one case that should serve as a warning to many who continue to blindly follow the lying, self-styled but fake prophet Makandiwa. The man is no man of God. He hoodwinks the desperate and coerces them to pay in the process propping up his finances.

  3. joe October 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    This contract is void ab initio as the intention from the Mashangwas was wicked as they wanted the creditor to loose his funds due to God initiated write off. I can only see the hallmarks of greediness that was preyed on by spiritual crooked Makandiwa. I do not view this incidence as desperation but as very greedy on part of the Mashangwas. They borrowed with the intention of paying back. Instead of using the $5.6 million to repay the creditor they chose the wicked way of seeding this money for debt cancellation. If they could afford to fund the crooked prophet that much that means they had the capacity to repay their debt but they chose a get rich quick spiritual method.So guys do not waste the courts’s precious time.

  4. Fezile Mangena October 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Here are names of other fake porofitas: The Apple Prophet ‘Fodrick’, Uebert Angel, The Spectacle Prophet,Wimbo, Chiza and Woruta Magaya

    • JEHU October 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

      any prophecy or promise from God is conditional these mashavi couple looks to me like a troublesome lot send by non other than lucifer himself, ko yavakabhadhara ku n’anga vakadzoserwa here , were they forced to pay any tithes ? or offerings to the church , havalume kana cent by this case zimbabwe will know that the mighty hand of God is upon prophet makandiwa .

      • Mudhara October 9, 2017 at 6:50 am #

        @Jehu Couple iyoyo inogona kusawana anything but Makandiwa wako iyeye imbavha inobira vanhu ichishandisa bible only gullible people lyk you believ kuti ana Mwari yet haana Mwari ari paari. In’anga inobira vanhu nekupromisa zvisingaitike.

        • Anti-fake prophets October 12, 2017 at 11:17 am #

          Well said .Makandiwa is just a witch-doctor in a suit!

  5. Azael October 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Whether or not this is a case that can be heard in a court, the fact remains that Manu Makandiwa is a crook who pretends to be a prophet or so-called man of God when he is not. There was never to be any debt cancellation. Makandiwa lied to them like he lied to countless others, like he promised many others things that can never happen. To all his gullible followers, DO NOT BE BLINDED BY YOUR DESPERATION for riches, healing, marriage, parenthood etc. None of that is obtainable from Makandiwa’s promises. It is all fake. You will be compelled to pay money to him in the hope of receiving all of this stuff when it is all fake.

  6. Memory October 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    Anyone who still believes in the likes of Makandiwa in this day and age is just dumb. He is a daylight thief who steals from people with their eyes wide open.

    • Kelci October 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

      Ini zvangu zvirikutofaya ndichi seeder Ikoko kwacho kwamurikuti hee kubirwa what what.. Iweww Warwadzirwa nei? Yako mari yakashota here.. 😂😂 please sit down..

  7. Truth October 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    You can say whatever you like about Prophet Makandiwa but that will not change the fact that the man is gifted.You can argue for the rest of your lives but dont hoodwink people with your false accusations. Its your right to say he is fake but dont lie to yourself that God gave you all the common sense and brain to see and know what is fake. Humbly admit there are others who can also see and know better than you. You cant tell me that all the thousands that follow Makandiwa are stupid and you are the ones wise???? You amaze me… Its only those who dont know the man and are deceived by greedy people who go to church for wrong reasons and when their lusts are not fulfilled then they begin to criticize men of God. Who said a man of god or Prophet heals anyone, cancels debts>???? makes you rich????…Only imbeciles believe that…. Only God has power to do anything and why do you want to ascribe God`s role and power to a man???? One is not supposed to give tithes,offerings etc so that they can get rich or for personal benefit.. People should give because they love God. Just to correct some who are ignorant. Tithes and offering are not given so that they go into the pocket of the pastor or the prophet but the money is used to take care of bills and finance church programmes. If this couple is honest they will tell you Makandiwa did not receive their money personally but they gave to the church and now want to fight the man of God because their wicked wishes did not materialize…this couple should Repent or else the wrath of God will visit them soon….I am not saying any one of you should believe in Makandiwa…no ..no.. no believe in what you wish its your choice…but only make sure Jesus is part of it….This world is coming to an end and Jesus is coming back whether you believe it or not. make sure your life is reconciled to God instead of wasting time fighting wars that do not concern you.

    • Susan October 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

      @Truth, your lying Makandiwa DOES promise debt cancellation through prayers, as he does promise healing for HIV and cancer. Who does not know that he promises job contracts, riches and prosperity thought prayer? You know it but are either too daft or hypocritical to acknowledge it. The fact that thousands attend his services or follow him does not mean that he is a truthful and holy person. It either means that he is a skilled preacher good at convincing gullible followers, or simply takes advantage of people’s gullibility, or both.

    • Mazvimbakupa October 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

      Truth, you are a fool if u think that makandiwa is not the ultimate beneficiary of monies paid as tithes, seeding and offerings

  8. mgobhozi wezintabeni October 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    This business couple is foolish.In the first place did they start the business through these self styled bogus men of God?Honestly what made the business couple think that debts would simply be written off disappear through prayers and prophecy from this prophet.Too gullible,the couple is now paying the price.

    • Anesu Rwizi October 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

      True, they are foolish for that thought. It’s as if they expect God to punish the creditor by not letting him/her receive back what he is owed. But at the same time this self-proclaimed prophet is a master at hoodwinking gullible people. He took advantage of their foolishness to lie to them. His inability to know that the lawyer was deregistered goes to confirm he is no prophet at all but just a plain liar.

  9. Kudakwashe Muchena October 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Both parties are in the wrong, the Mashangwas for not wanting to pay back whatever they owed which would obviously mean a loss to whoever they owed, and Makandiwa for lying that he is a prophet and making false prophecies.

  10. Gwenaz October 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    Maone. Is tinongoverega hedu.

    • JEHU October 8, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

      i have learnt over a period of time kuti wese anovenga prophet makandiwa muroyi kana kuti mwana we muroyi period .

  11. tcools October 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Say whatever you want. Nothing changes the fact that Prophet Makandiwa is a True Man of God.

  12. business wisdom October 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    saka wainge wapihwa nguwa here yedebt cancellation yacho i mean ‘by sucu and such a date the debt(s) would heve been cancelled”.Ko kana madebts ach akazoitwa cancelled would it still be a false prophecy. Saka kana wapihwa prophecy yebusiness growth you ignore all bvusiness wisdom. That perfume brand they were selling failed to command repeat purchases because it was cheap ,full of bulking materials such cosmetic grade alcohol and very little of the actual perfume and such a brand is likely to fail IN THE MEDIUM TO LONG TERM as consumers realised that it was overpriced. IT WAS TOO WATERED DOWN.That my own opinion.

  13. CHIREDZI October 9, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    The more you hate the prophet the more we love him, if he steal our money? are we not adults have we not paid taxes? Secular courts have a lot of scandals concerning taxpayers money to attend to before touching the church of Jesus Christ, for your own information the largest partner of UFIC is the man Emmanuel Makandiwa, he is not a dumb prophet he is also a successful business man who live an upright life a role model to many, he is only hated by womanizers and wizards who hate the word of truth. If he is fake that fake is our original!

  14. Tapiwa October 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    I have seen these Mashangwa’s in The Standard and Newsday too much, i dont really know why they are getting so much attention from these newspapers,
    They want tithes back, really, i am made to understand that they paid tithes willingly based on faith from the scriptures, Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedeck Heb 7. 1-10.
    Now something went wrong somewhere they are claiming to have been cheated,
    Are you broke now Mashangwa’s?
    Soon we will read in the same Newspaper that you are Bankrupt,
    You may need to rebrand your perfumes i had no idea that was your business its going down.
    Touch not the anointed ones, David would not lay his hands on King Saul.
    Greatest business people admit God’s existence, dont invite curses on your family im sure you have kids and they need a brighter future too,
    If you have sinned repent my brother,
    Newsday and Standard keep us posted on this Mashangwa’s , lets see, give them coverage when they are broke too,
    Never forsake God Almighty neither His Servants too.

  15. aaron haruzivi October 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    eee zvakaoma.vanhu kuda zvinhu .handiko kunamata.the bible teaches us kuti edzai mweya. kana uchienderana nemirairo ne zvipupiriro muziva kuti jehova varipo.rinoti zvakare anoziva zvemunhu munhu.honai tiri kusungirirwa mazango mumaoko tichiti ndoprotection yamwari zvisizvo .zvipupiriro zvoti ndizvozvimwe zvezviratidzo zvava profita venhema.handina wandatuka asi kutsinhira zviri mushoko ramwari

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