‘Secular courts cannot deal with matters of faith’, Makandiwa responds to fake prophecy lawsuit

United Family International Church (UFIC) founder and leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife Ruth have responded to the fake prophecy lawsuit filed at the High Court by businessman, Upenyu Mashangwa and his wife, Blessing.

Through his lawyer, Lewis Uriri from The Temple Bar, Zimbabwe Inns of Court, instructed by Wilson Manase, Makandiwa urges the court not to entertain the matter arguing that secular courts are not equipped to deal with matters of faith. Part of the response reads:

In casu (in this case), the draft order as read together with the emphatically doctrinal answering affidavit demonstrates beyond doubt that the court is being invited to be judge in matters of faith, church practice and doctrine … Even such renowned natural lawyers as Saint Thomas Aquinas and perhaps Paul of Tarsus would have considerable difficulty presenting such a case to an ecclesiastical court, let alone a secular court. The inquiry is one ad imposibilia (impossible).This court is not an ecclesiastical court. It is a secular court of positive law without the means to inquire into matters of faith, church practice and doctrine. It is urged to decline jurisdiction.


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The Mashangwas are demanding $3,7 million from Makandiwa, accusing him of recommending a de-registered lawyer, using their name to advance his interests before he defamed them in newspaper reports.

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‘Secular courts cannot deal with matters of faith’, Makandiwa responds to fake prophecy lawsuit