YOUTH Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere has discouraged followers of United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa from taking his prophecies too seriously.
Report by Blondie Ndebele
He said the prophecies about diamonds and gold were merely about the country being endowed with mineral resources.
Addressing a youth seminar in Bulawayo on Monday, Kasukuwere said Makandiwa’s recent prophecy that gold and diamonds shall fall down like rain did not necessarily mean the precious minerals would cover the land like confetti.
“Makandiwa once said you would pick the gold until you get tired,” he said.
“It is a prophecy, but the minerals are there anyway.
“All he is simply doing is encouraging you to look for it because it’s there in the ground. You should exploit it.”
Early this month, Makandiwa told his congregants that gold and diamonds would appear everywhere. His critics dismissed the prophecy as “too good to believe”.
Added Kasukuwere: “We are born in a country with amazing resources.
“Look from Gwanda to Mashonaland Central, Guruve; we are connected together by a 554km long and 11km wide Great Dyke with enormous amounts of resources.”
He implored foreign investors keen to exploit the country’s mineral resources to ensure locals got an equal share of the produce.
“If you do not protect your country from hyenas you will live to regret,” Kasukuwere said.
“Investors are welcome on condition they realise we are here also. Exploit our resources, but make sure we also benefit and our communities develop alongside our development.
“Who said Bulawayo’s economy must be run on your behalf by other people?
“Young people should get involved in the running of the economy. You should walk like a (Biblical) rich man because gold is behind you.”