Makandiwa faces the music over ‘false prophecy’

UNITED Family International Church (UFIC) leader, Emmanuel Makandiwa (pictured) and his wife, Ruth, who are embroiled in a $6,5 million lawsuit over an alleged false prophecy, have been ordered to defend themselves.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Makandiwa and his wife were, last year, slapped with the lawsuit by their congregants, a couple, Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwa, who claimed to have fallen prey to a prophecy that promised them a “debt cancellation miracle”.

Makandiwa and his wife, through their lawyer, Lewis Uriri, filed an exception application in September last year, urging the court to decline entertaining the matter, arguing secular courts could not deal with matters of faith and church practice and doctrine.

But, High Court judge, Justice David Mangota dismissed the Makandiwas’ application, saying the Mashangwas’ claims against the UFIC leaders were grounded in alleged fraudulent activities and not in contract.

“The plaintiffs’ (Mashangwa and his wife) case in regard to the four claims is watertight,” Justice Mangota said.

“There is nothing which is vague and/or embarrassing in each of those claims.

“Their cause of action for each is clear, cogent and to the point.

“The claims fall neatly into the delict (wrongful act) of fraud.

“They are neither frivolous nor vexatious.

“…In the premise, it is ordered that the defendants’ (Makandiwa, Ruth and UFIC) exception in regard to all the six claims be and is, hereby, dismissed with costs.”

The plaintiffs were granted leave to amend their declaration and prayer in regard to claims five and six within 10 days.

While comparing the Makandiwas’ litigation to the case of incarcerated End Time Message leader, Robert Martin Gumbura, who is serving a 40-year jail term for sexually assaulting his female congregants, Justice Mangota said “every person is fallible”.

“Two important matters come out of the above-cited case,” he said.

“The first is that every person is infallible.

“No one is, therefore, immune to making mistakes.

“That is so notwithstanding the person’s social standing, spiritual or otherwise, in society.

“The second is that, where one commits a crime or a wrong (ie delict), the person cannot escape the long arm of the law.
“He will either be prosecuted or sued, depending on what he is alleged to have done.

“Applying the above-observed matters to the current case, therefore, the defendants cannot be allowed to hide behind the proposition that their situation relates to ecclesiastical matters, which the court has no jurisdiction to determine.

“All the three defendants were properly sued. The first two’s (Makandiwa and wife) suit lies in the statements, which they made (while) the suit of the third defendant (UFIC) hinges on the fact that it connected plaintiffs’ to the defendants.

“The bond, which the plaintiffs created with the first two defendants emanates from the fact that the plaintiffs became members of the third defendant in which the first and second defendants were/are leaders.”

In their lawsuit, Mashangwa and his wife claimed that sometime in 2012, Makandiwa misrepresented in his prophecy that they would encounter a “debt cancellation miracle” before encouraging them to continue giving to the church.

But, as time went by, the couple said their Marlborough house in Harare was attached and sold for $500 000 instead of $700 000, among other losses which they encountered later.
Mashangwa and his wife were represented by Thabani Mpofu.

52 Comments

  1. Something is going on here ,Magaya Rape case to proceed in the Courts and Makandiwa put on the defence against a False Prophecy, very interesting developments could this be the end of the Era of False Prophets which had gripped most Fools in Zimbabwe i wonder and only time will tell.
    I feel sorry for these two gentlemen and i hope they invested wisely, and in any case the developments could open flood gates of court cases of people who lost their wealth through the same means willingly hoping to be instant millionaires.

  2. Good decision. Makandiwa is a liar who must be exposed for being the liar that he is. No doubt the Mashangwa’s are themselves not saints as they apparently wanted the creditor to lose by canceling the debt, but that does not mean they should themselves be lied to by Makandiwa as happened. Makandiwa is no man of God but just a liar who preys on the gullible for his financial gain.

    1. Makanyeperwa kunzii ko

      1. C.k, watch any of his recordings and you clearly see that some of the claims are questionable. No need for rocket science to see that makandiwa anonyepa.

    2. Comment…why did the Mashangwe involved themselves in debts and now want to blame the Man of God for their stupid acts. Vanhu vanonozvipinza munyatwa vega and at the end of the day they begin to blame servants of God for things they got involved themselves.. The Mashangwe are fools, let the Prophets do their Job.

  3. Makandiwa is too clean and straightforward. Try something else. These Mushangwas are now serial lawsuit pursuers, from Magaya, Makandiwa, who is next. From what I understand, every prophetic word has a condition attached to it. The next thing is for the courts to look at the fulfillment of the conditions. Umwe achayanikwa na Makandiwa

    1. Nonsense! Makandiwa is the least of clean persons around. He lies that he prays for people with cancer and HIV and they are healed. That is absolute hogwash and makes your lying Makandiwa unclean and a fraud. He is a fake and false prophet. The Mashangwas are not perfect. Neither is Makandiwa. In fact, for lying and taking people for a ride Makandiwa is worse.

      1. Maud, don’t be quick to degrade men of God like that. You just never know when you might them in life. There may come such a time when only God can heal you. You will look back and reflect on those words. Besides these accusations, I look at Makandiwa’s life right from the days at AFM, the way he gives, the way he Ministers the word (best preacher i know), that man is a true man of God. No scandals like other prophets that we have in Zim.

        1. DONT DEFEND MEN, DEFEND THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH IS THE MESSEGE OF THE CROSS (yOU NEVER KNOW) . AS FOR ME I DEFEND THE TRUTH WHICH SAYS FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD AND ALSO TAKE EVERY MEN TO BE A LIAR AND ONLY GOD TO BE TRUE. THE MAKANDIWA ISSUE I DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FOOLED BY SUCH GULLIBLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SEE THE PREACHING OF THE WORD AS A SOURCE OF FINANCIAL GAIN. THE ISSUE IS PEOPLE ARE NOT ATTENDIVE TO THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD IS PROPHESY ABOUT YOUR LIFE, GOD ONLY NEEDS OUR HEART AND NO OTHER THINGS. READ MATHEW 6 V 29, DEUTRONOMY 30 V 11-20

      2. Comment…I believe he is a man of God because my own mother suffered from cancer for two years she went there just to try bcoz she had tried everything else and that’s where she was healed it only takes someone who has been in the situation to know what they are talking about

      3. stop it, say what you know before you attract a curse upon your life.

  4. I agree Prophet Makandiwa is too straight forward for fraud, He is a REAL Man of God by any STANDARDS. You are all just trying to nail him and tarnish him because so far you have failed to find any dirt on him …But His God is watching…hendeyi tione..

  5. Handei tione. Why should a debt be cancelled? Instead one should experience a windfall to pay off the debt.

    1. @Yohwe indeed debts should not just be canceled. Anyone who borrows must pay back. These two parties are both problematic. The couple was unfair to expect whoever they borrowed from to not get their money back. Makandiwa for himself proved his fake and crooked nature by taking advantage of the couples intention and lied to them. That makes Makandiwa himself the fake, false prophet that he is.

  6. True. People can be outright crazy. I went through the summons I saw on Zimeye and they are not making any sense at all. Looks like it’s a smear campaign or some kind of game. There’s not a single issue solid enough to be heard in a kangaroo court. The world has just gone to the dogs, fullstop!

  7. There are conditions attached to every prophecy and if they did not follow them can you expect a miracle to happen. Kana kun’anga kune mhiko wani.

  8. The Mashangwas are gullible they are a desperate lot, surely they should test their own poison, why would they expect debt cancellation that’s fraud. I wont say anything about Makandiwa, this was a willing buyer willing seller scenario. The Bible says test the spirit.

  9. Danai Pazvagozha

    I hate Makandiwa for his fradulaent activiries on the poor. But this case must be dismissed in favour of Makandiwa. Because, think of it, people who can afford a house of $700000, but then they believe it when Makandiwa says ‘their debt will be miraculously cancelled’ if they give money to the church. I think that is being very stupid. They must not get a cent of their money they gave to Makandiwa. Makandiwa is a school drop out from Muzarabani, and people who beieve him do so at their own peril. No refunds please

  10. When i pause to think of the Mashangwas i think of dr STOP IT how she made noise pa ma rally vachituka garwe while garwe akati zii -mwiro and many who were short sighted then thought garwe was not a croc after all some even say he is a lizard but HEY nguva inokwana vana baba nana mai vakomana nevasikana. Kunyadzisa vanhu va Mwari ivo vakati zii zvavo, wait a minute i see operation restore Legacy against you mr & mrs mushangwa. TAKE IT.

    1. I agree with you on this one. Time will tell. Operation Restore Legacy 2

    2. well said

    3. thank you

  11. Debt cancellation yes how does a debt get cancelled its by paying off. The Man of God literally meant that he will pray that source of income will be expanded then you pay off the debt iwewe kana wakawana mari uchidya that is then your own problem. If mashangwe looks well he could have experienced massive sources of income after that but for him to eat mari yeku clear debt you do not need to blame a Man of God for that and take him to court aaaah sad

  12. Yake ndoinozongoita false prophecy dzemuno dzenyika van China, UK, SA ma prophesies acho achingoita come to pass. Ane problem its you Mushangwe, hauna kurongeka ndochokwadi chete. Money came into your life and you were suppose to use that money to pay off the debt but you chose to eat it anticipation another form of debt cancellation. Debts are cancelled by paying off being in debt is a sign of a curse and when that curse is broken enough money comes in then you have to use that surplus to pay off your debt rather than eating all the money ah. Only your prophecy was false????? How others their prophesies came to pass wani even many nations out there. I advice you kuti muite order mudara otherwise you will have a problem in life with everyone you will meet in life. Thank you.

  13. With the amount of money you claim for tithe etc it means money was really heavily coming into your life baba. Coz that is 10% and if you were to pay off the debt it would have been cancelled by now. But you did not chose to do that. I would want to understand, did Emmanuel Makandiwa say to you ignore paying off that debt or he declared the debt cancelled. Coz these are two different things which needs to be paid attention to.

  14. multibillionaire

    this couple is so desperate to tarnish the image of a true Great Prophet of GOD. time will tell , chokwadi chichabuda pachena . mashangwas , what a shameless couple .

  15. People pay your debts dont expect miracles to cancel your debts. Jesus our perfect example did a miracle where money for taxes came from a fish. God requires his people to be responsible over their own affairs of life and give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, Jesus did not make taxes vanish as our modern day prophets promise. Infact a true prophet of God should not promise people of evading debts in form of miracles.
    pay up or nyeperwa in broad daylight.

  16. Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa is a true Prophet. He is spot on. God always is right and we people should take responsibility of our failures and learn from them and not blame God. Every prophecy and I mean every prophecy has a condition even the one for the birth of Jesus
    The mashangwas were no exception and how did you expert them to have their prophecy fulfilled when the husband went on to womanise and they were church hoping( denominational prostitutes) it’s not surprising they even went to sangomas and the white garments.
    They were given the prophecy But they failed the test ie the conditions
    Talking of debt cancellation I am a beneficially of debt cancellation because I believe in what the Bible says ” You will stay that you haven’t built, drink from the Wells you ddnt dig. Ask the Egyptians how the willingly gave their own jewellery to the Jews ie the children of God. The Canaanites had build houses and mansions for the Israelite to come and occupy. And God is still doing that and if you are on this platform and not a child of God togona kungotora kauinako ikako kana uine in the name of Jesus.
    Lest you think I don’t work I think I work more than some of you noise makers and I drive a mercedes e320 my wife a 2012 BMW wch I bought her on 1 Jan 2018. 1 Jan 2018.
    we have 5 houses and one of it is across samora where we stay and it’s in the low density suburbs.
    And we never had these until we met Prophet Makandiwa and prophetess Ruth Makandiwa 7 years ago.
    He gave us not just a prophecy but prophecies with conditions and words of advice which we followed and we are here today. Tumwe tunharo twenyu ndetwenhamo nekurwadziwa.
    Solomon was as he was said ” Before I was afflicted I had strayed…” These mashangwas they are desperate to normalise things in their crumbling empire.
    And watch this space. Until they go beg to the genuine man of God they will further crumble until they become poorer than some of you guys
    So Elisha you are a fool if you still think I am a fool by following Makandiwa
    We are the dominant figures. Those that know their God given rights ,benefits that are clearly engraved the bible wch is our manual. Fortunately it’s not for you to see but us that have had their eyes opened.

    1. What you have written above does not absolve you from being a Fool and without the involvement of these Fake Prophets quite a number of people have accummulated much more than what you have and if you are going to be honest it is your sweat which has taken you were you are today and even without going to these prophets you were still going to reach that level because that is what the almighty said you would achieve in life , its just like death prophecy or no prophecy when your time comes you cannot stop it.

      1. MWANA WEMUPOROFITA

        I really wish this court case could be broadcast ed so we can see for ourselves the reaction of everyone who is willing to pull down this true man of God. tinoda kuvaona vachifura sora, hanzi musandirwire wani naProphet, regai zvakadaro. imagine how much the Mushangwas are paying their lawyer kkkkkk

        1. Well said

  17. Do not be quick to comment and say something that you are not sure of. Some of you tichakuwonai makuda kubatsirwa zvakare with the same man of God vamurikuti its fake. Prophet Makandiwa is a true man of God believe it or not. Lets just watch, the truth is yet to be reviewed. You may say anything against the Prophet of God but that will never change his position in the sight of God.

  18. Gentlemen and ladies i won’t say much on the merits or demerits of this case but meet the Mashangwas who before 2012 used to attend Celebration Church under Pastor Tom Deuschle. After that they were not satisfied with his way of doing things and they left to Join UFIC. They left after conflicts with pastors who used to reprimand the wife, Blessing, on her revealing attire at Church services and guess where they went to? PHD. And, at PHD in less than 3 years they are suing Walter Magaya for what they term a botched car deal of some sort. Search on the net and read up on that one. Andddd guess again where they returned to, UFIC. After a few ‘minutes’ back they are suing the Prophet at UFIC anddd guess where they went to? Celebration Church!! Now, am no analyst but i would be very sceptical if this couple came shouting Holy holy we have come to sing with you. More like you have come to sue me. If i were their Pastor i would make them sign a disclaimer note which states that any financial contribution the two of them make to the Church is purely voluntary and shall not amount to any miracle, debt cancellation, Prison sentence reduction, traffic fine escape, free children’s education at Hartmann house or free sex with the maid or Gardner. This would ensure that we all pray happily ever after.

  19. Kumagumo kune nyaya, Mashangwas are really trying hard to tarnish the Man Of God but all shall be in vain. And the judgment also is without merit and is also meant to embarrass the Man of God

  20. If the High Court really means well on all their cases against the Prophets of God, then glory be to God. 

    If the just that we smell a rat somehow. We are also a bit confused by the lack of consistency in the development. Initially, it was ‘judgement reserved’ and now it’s ‘there is a case to answer’.

    Fair and fine, but just noticing from the archives here. On 29  November 2012, one local publication, headlined the Prophets, ‘ Court shatters Makandiwa’, it was all frantic efforts to stop the building project in Chitungwiza. Not sure what kind of shattering this same court is after this time around, but all things being equal, everytime there is an attack on the ark of the covenant, some dagon is ready to fall face down in total destruction.

    Just observing it’s only in Zimbabwe, where the court major on the minor cases and minor on the major cases. Its worse because the cases where our courts want to major on are beyond their jurisdiction. How many times, do we have to remind them that dominance in any field is backed by qualification. Spiritual Law is out of your bounce.

     

  21. @ Elisha when God remembers you he sends you a person.
    I said there are debts that were cancelled by this anointing
    those people that you think are wealth and are not doing something it doesn’t mean they are not doing anything. they are doing something but you don’t know
    if you get time and their trust ask them
    lest you remain that poor forever. I don’t even need to prophecy that you are a poor guy but your mentality speaks it all.
    wake up shaaz lest you remain like that for good till Jesus comes
    mbuya wako akakuendera kun’anga iwe kuti urambe uri murombo

  22. You dont need to think harder to see what a foolish lot the Mushangwas are!They were not coersed or armtwisted to give to the church and like the other writers have said already, it takes a sober and sane court judge to logically notice that spiritually the claimants were told that they would experience a windfall through faith and consistent tithing and the fact that they continued to give meant that they only gave the prescribed 10% and were expected to use the remainder 90% to clear their debts just like any sane being would do. Surely in this day and age would you expect a miraculous debt cancellation? Lets wait and see how it goes but please lets look at the matter on hand and stop calling the prophet a liar. And remember all court cases are story telling competitions and whoever presents an exciting version to the jury will prevail but also remember kunyarara kutaura futi

  23. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT IF THEY SAY BAD THINGS ABOUT THE PROPHET OF GOD THEN HE WILL LOSE INFLUENCE , FAR FROM IT COME AND ATTEND OUR SERVICES AND WITNESS WONDERS , HIS INFLUENCE COMES FROM THE LORD NOT FROM A MERE MORTAL JUDGE. ITS A PITY THAT HE COULD COMPARE PROPHET MAKANDIWA TO GUMBURA , HOW DO YOU COMPARE MIKE TYSON TO BECKHAM? ITONGE KA TIONE.

  24. People should stop this behaviour of defending Pastors.We dont know who these guys really are beyond the pulpit.Stop putting faith in Prophets but in God.Makandiwa is a legal subject and he can be sued at any time.He has nothing to fear if his hands are clean as the courts will clear him.They is nothing evil in suing a prophet As anyone can be sued in Zim including ministers.And its bad for people to borrow and seek services of prophets for debt cancellation at the expense of the borrower.That is unfair enrichment

  25. ana chombo vakambozviitawo zvekushoropodza THE MAN OF GOD asi nhasi varipi. i feel sorry for the mashangwes nekuti pama prophecies ose akataurwa nemunhu waMwari upto date yavo chete ndoyekunyepa. netumwe tumbwanana tunovhukura, first do your own research usati wavhura mamhepo nehudofo hwako.

  26. ana chombo vakambozviitawo zvekushoropodza THE MAN OF GOD asi nhasi varipi. i feel sorry for the mashangwes nekuti pama prophecies ose akataurwa nemunhu waMwari upto date yavo chete ndoyekunyepa. netumwe tumbwanana tunovhukura, first do your own research usati wavhura mamhepo nehudofo hwako.

  27. if Prophet Makandiwa is a false prophet, show me true prophets of God in existence

  28. Arc Angel Michael

    @MIKE . THE REASON WHY WE DEFEND CERTAIN PROPHETS IS BECAUSE WE KNOW THEM. AS LONG AS PEOPLE CONTINUE KUTONGA VANHU PAMA NEWSPAPER THOSE WHO KNOW THEM WILL CONTINUE TO DEFEND THEM. ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT! WE ARE NOT IGNORANT OF THE DEVICES OF THE DEVIL.
    MA ZIMBO KUNYEPERA KUZIVA NE KU NGWARA NHEMA VAZHINJI VANOENDA KU N’ANGA DZAVO VACHIBVISA MARI REFU NE MOMBE HAZVINA ANOWAWATA.WE HAVE THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION. ANYONE ANOPA MARI KUN’ANGA,PASTOR, MU DECON,APOSTLE , OVERSEER, PROPHET etc DO SO VOLUNTARILY WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU RECEIVE A SPRITUAL BLESSING FROM THAT SPIRITUAL PERSON. REVERSING THAT TRANSACTION IS NOT ONE SIDED. NOW DOES THIS JUDGE KNOW HOW TO HANDLE SUCH MATTERS?

  29. Comment.I just feel sorry for the Mushangwas,for allowing the devil to use them in such a way,The Bible says touch not my Anointed,Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa is a true Man of God.He is a Man of intergrity ,and like Samuel in the Bible everything He says come to pass,It has to be known with individual prophecy there are conditions attached to the prophecy for it to come to pass,

  30. Takambenge tirikowo kumasvondo kwamuri kuti kuna Mwari iye zvino takadzika midzi kuUFIC kunaProphet Makandiwa. Hapana kwatoenda kana zvikadii. Ava vanhu vaMwari hatigone kuvarwira vanorwirwa naMwari wavo.

  31. guys help me out am lost on time frame there is today 18 JAnuary 2018 or my calender is behind……

  32. @ chamu. ..chatinofanirwa kuziva ndechekuti – vanhu vanotenderwa kutaura maonero avo vasingatye kuti I’m going to be cursed by the prophet ‘ Prophet anova vajehovha Mwari haabatikane nezvinobva muvanhu ngaamire nàmwari vake vozviratidze muvanhu .prophet anobva kunaJehovha Mwari haabatikane nezvinobva muvanhu .siyai vanhu vataure zvavanoda ndonyika yevanhu .kuti ava prophet tisu vanhu hakuna prophet anoisa chakaipa muvanhu ‘

  33. Inga vanhu vanorwadziwa naMakandiwa veduwe..manje muchanoadmitwa negodo, because there is no way Makandiwa can lose this case.
    Jelas manyanya regai Makandiwa aenjoye success yake…n mind your own small businesses you poor fools.

  34. Matt 24:24
    24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect– if that were possible. (NIV)

    Matt 24:25
    25 Behold, I have told you before. (KJV)

  35. II Ki 6:20
    20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.(KJV)

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