Couple wants Makandiwa to pay back $6.5million in tithes, say he falsely claimed that God would cancel their debts

Harare couple Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwa filed the court papers at the High Court alleging that United Family International Church (Ufic) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth are false prophets who are trying to hide behind “legalism and subterfuge.” The Mushangwas are demanding $6.5 million from the Makandiwa’s saying that because of the false prophecies they received, they made significant losses. A fortnight ago, Makandiwa filed an exception to the lawsuit saying matters of faith could not be handled by a secular court.

However, the Mushangwas have accused Makandiwa of abusing the court process in order to avoid facing the allegations. Part of the Mushangwa’s court papers filed by their lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu read:


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The time has come for the court to either interpret existing principles of law or extend them in answering the key question being whether these prophets are immune from suit if they mislead their followers

The power of God is undoubted and every believer would believe that God can do anything.

The case brought, however, is that God had not spoken to the Makandiwas about debt cancellation, thus they abused the name of God and took advantage of their congregants who believe in the power of God and who were of the view that the ‘prophets’ had communion with Him.

A self-respecting, self-proclaimed prophet must react to these allegations and meet them head-on.

These strike at everything that defendants stand for. That a claim lies when a fraudulent misrepresentation is made is beyond doubt.

More: The Standard

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The United Family International Church is one of the most famous and religious movements which rose to fame in the 21st Century Zimbabwe. The church was founded and led by "Prophet" Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife "Prophetess" Ruth Makandiwa. The Church boasts of thousands of... Read More About United Family International Church

Emmanuel Makandiwa is a popular religious leader who founded an interdenominational church in 2008 which later became a fully functional church in 2010. He was a pastor in the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) Church. Makandiwa has been in the media limelight with his... Read More About Emmanuel Makandiwa

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court... Read More About High Court

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Couple wants Makandiwa to pay back $6.5million in tithes, say he falsely claimed that God would cancel their debts