MDC-T MP and chairperson for Chitungwiza, Alexio Musundire, has backed off from his fight against the construction of Emmanuel Makandiwa’s multi-million dollar church project.
This came amid reports some senior MDC-T officials intervened in the wrangle between Makandiwa and the MP giving their support for the project.
Musundire, acting on behalf of residents, had filed a court application to stop the project and many others in the area, he argued were illegal.
He had roped in the Anti-Corruption Commission in an effort to stop the projects, but yesterday he told NewsDay that the Makandiwa project was unavoidable and will go on as planned.
“The church elders spoke to members from the party who attend the church to find out what was going on. We have a number of our hierarchy who attend his church, but our party doesn’t have a position on that issue. All I can say is the project is unavoidable,” he said.
But he reiterated he was not happy with the level of corruption at Chitungwiza municipality as he believed Makandiwa could have greased some hands before council allocated him land to build his church.
“He paid a lot of money for that land, but I tell you council is only getting $100, which shows the levels of corruption.”
During a rally on Sunday, Musundire told thousands of MDC-T supporters: “We need help to fight corruption in Chitungwiza. “There is corruption at the city council. We are not against Makandiwa, but we want to fight corruption at council. A lot of people go there (Makandiwa’s church) and we want the ‘Man of God’ to work.”
However, MDC-T insiders told NewsDay the MP was chastised by senior party members during a briefing before the rally.
Makandiwa rose to prominence after he left the Apostolic Faith Mission church and formed United Family International that has attracted a huge following from different corners of the country. He is building a 30 000-seater church in Chitungwiza.