Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu yesterday came to the defence of United Family International Church founder Emmanuel Makandiwa saying “his God given talent should be supported”.
Report by Nduduzo Tshuma
Makandiwa has reportedly performed several miracles at his church services, among them making gold and diamonds appear from nowhere.
The miracles have raised eyebrows with some people saying the prophet must be subjected to laws that prohibit unlicensed people from possessing minerals.
But speaking to NewsDay after officiating at the graduation of 271 police officers at the Ntabazinduna Police Training Depot, 40km north of Bulawayo, Mpofu said Makandiwa should be supported as he was helping the nation.
“I do not know him and have never spoken to him, but he is an inspiration to many people especially the youths,” he said.
“He is doing a good job and should be supported as he is bringing people together.”
“If it is true that he does those things, then he should be supported. He has his gift from God and no one can dispute or criticise that.
“If he can perform miracles let us support him. Why would people then go all the way to consult TB Joshua in Nigeria when we have our own Makandiwa.”
Mpofu also ruled out an investigation into the origins of the minerals that surface at Makandiwa’s church services.
“Government should find ways of assisting him,” he said.
“If he is helping the people and helping the country, we are a democracy that allows freedom of religion. Makandiwa has many followers who congregate in his church, meaning that his works are seen by the people.”