A 38-year old Harare man yesterday blamed United Family International Church leader, Emmanuel Makandiwa’s “prophecy” after he was convicted and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for converting, to his own use, money erroneously sent on his Econet mobile number.
Harare magistrate, Arnold Maburo suspended three months on condition of good behaviour and the remaining three months on condition that James Saunyama pays $1 072 compensation to the complainant, Rangarirai Muguti, before November 30 this year. In his defense, Saunyama said he once attended a Makandiwa sermon, where he was told to leave his mobile phone number so that he could receive miracle money.
The court heard Saunyama’s mobile number was erroneously linked by Standard Chartered Bank, to Muguti’s bank account, as the numbers were almost identical. Saunyama said when he received a message from Standard Chartered Bank informing him about deposits that had been made, he thought Makandiwa’s prophecy had been fulfilled.