Makandiwa sued for ‘fake prophecies’

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 | 7177 views
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa

Harare Bureau
United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, are being sued for $6,5 million over alleged “fake prophecies, fraud and defamation”.

Harare-based businessman Mr Upenyu Mashangwa and his spouse, Blessing, filed the lawsuit at the High Court last Thursday, giving the Makandiwas and UFIC 10 days to respond.

The Mashangwas — both ex-UFIC members — allege Prophet Makandiwa in 2012 misrepresented that they would encounter a “debt cancellation miracle” and encouraged them to continue “seeding”.

However, the couple’s house in Marlborough, Harare was later attached and sold for $500 000 instead of US$700 000.

They are now demanding the $700 000 from Prophet Makandiwa.

The court papers read, “When making the representations, first defendant (Prophet Makandiwa) and second defendant (Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa) knew that it was, in fact, false and fraudulent.

When the first and second defendants made the representations, they intended the plaintiffs to act thereon and in the result, increase on their monetary contributions to first, second and third defendants.”

The Mashangwas also want Prophet Makandiwa to pay them $1,7 million for recommending a de-registered lawyer who was to dupe them.

Prophet Makandiwa is said to have prophesied during a UFIC church service that Mr Tichaona Mawere was a brilliant lawyer who would never lose a case.

The following week, he allegedly advised the couple to engage Mr Mawere in their frantic bid to recover $1,7 million from money lender McDowell International.

Mr Mawere failed to win the case, resulting in the Mashangwas engaging another lawyer who then won the case at the Supreme Court.

However, the $1,7 million could not be recovered Bas McDowell International was placed under provisional liquidation at the time Mr Mawere was “playing court games with fake High Court orders”.

Mr Mawere allegedly duped Mr and Mrs Mashangwa into paying US$37 000 in “legal fees”.

The court papers read, “When making these representations, First and Second Defendants knew it to be false in that the said Tichaona Mawere was, in fact, not a registered lawyer and, therefore, he was not competent to represent anyone.

“For a period of about 18 months, the said Tichaona Mawere produced fake High Court orders, which were brought to the attention of the First and Second Defendants who insisted that everything was in order.”

According to the court documents, Mr and Mrs Mashangwa gave US$1,1 million to Prophet Makandiwa and his church between 2011 and 2016.

Occasionally, it is alleged, Prophet Makandiwa would invite the millionaires to the pulpit, parading them as examples of success in UFIC.

The couple is said to have contributed between US$1 000 and US$25 000 monthly to the Makandiwas and UFIC monthly, with Prophet Makandiwa promising them commensurate benefits.

“Plaintiffs were induced by the misrepresentations made to them by the First and Second Defendants, and had they known the true facts, they would not have made such contributions.

“Wherefore, Plaintiffs’ claim jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved is for the payment of the sum of US$1 100 000 together with costs on a legal practitioner and client scale.”

The Mashangwas are demanding US$2 million compensation because their name was used to advance Prophet Makandiwa’s interests.

In addition, the couple alleges suffering “mental anguish” after publication of their private life on Facebook page “The Truth About Prophet Makandiwa”.

“Plaintiffs were used to market the First Defendant’s prophecies for the advancement of the Defendants’ interests and their prophecies as the success story of the prophecies when, in truth and in fact, this was sheer misrepresentation.”

Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners are representing the Mashangwas.


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  • Jojo Wamoyo

    We should go to church to strengthen our faith through sharing the word with others. We also get more informed interpretation of the scriptures from the learned priests or pasters. Church going should not be for wealth seaking. The moment you find yourself looking for worldly riches in the church, you should know you are in the wrong place.

    • Vulindlela

      The issue will be decided in court where all the facts will be laid bare. It’s best not to comment because the media maybe exaggerating this issue.

    • jona


  • Prof.Sorodamba

    Ponzi tricks or schemes will always be presented and accepted in many forms. This is the ‘prosperity gospel’ variant….and, unfortunately, in desperate times, a lot of people(maybe the majority), even the highly literate ones, are astonishingly gullible.

    • jona and peter

      ponzi schemes true .

  • benzizvaro


  • Jonso

    So do these guys think THE GOD they gave them is silent? Won’t HE answer? and when HE answers, are they prepared for the outcome? They paid to GOD, and used the PROPHET’S CHURCH as a vessel. Where they paying direct to MAKANDIWA? OR their god was MAKANDIWA.? If their god was MAKANDIWA, then they should expect him to pay back. But if they were paying to the GOD we know, and also the same GOD of MAKANDIWA, then they should expect an answer from that GOD, and definately, surely it will come. He shall not remain silent. The advice they claim, should have been taken or ignored, thats advice. Was it advice or they were compelled to use that lawyer? If it was ADVICE, then it still needed their final decision, which they did. I personally dismiss this case with costs and let the church move forward.

  • Enzo shumba

    The court should throw out this case, this is proper gambling, Zimbabweans are a problem to themselves, they need to learn the hard way. These guys both parties are in this thing for monetary benefits, that’s not how God works.

  • Gen Gowon

    Foolish business individuals,they should have looked for person/s working on those debts and bribed them so that they destroyed all records concerning those debts or alternatively made a payment plan leading to the liquidation of the debt.

  • makhurane

    the hatred that they now have for makandiwa is now alarming,when makandiwa reacts these people will do down and they might die his God has no mery on stupid people,MARK MY WORDS!!!,havent they learnt from that guy who sued prophet angel over a bently,the guy is just nothing right now,surely onedAY they will come back for forgiveness from Makandiwa,these are prophets they are fire

    • jona

      correct your spellings . do not rush when writing boss .