On Monday, High Court judge Justice David Mangota reserved judgment in a lawsuit in which United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth are being sued for $6,5 million by former congregants, businessman Upenyu Mashangwa and his wife, Blessing, over alleged false prophecies.
The Makandiwas, through their lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri, had applied for exception in September, urging the court not to entertain the matter arguing that circular courts could not deal with issues involving matters of faith, church practice and doctrine. Mashangwa’s lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu opposed the exception application and urged the Makandiwas “not to hide behind curtains of legalism and subterfuge” but to defend the claim in court.
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The lawsuit by the Mushangwas stems from an incident in which they claim 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. However, the couple had their Marlborough house in Harare attached and sold for $500 000 instead of $700 000 among other losses which they encountered because they chose to believe in Makandiwa’s prophesy.
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 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
David Mangota is a Zimbabwean judge. He is currently a judge for the High Court of Zimbabwe. Mangota is a former Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary. Read More About David Mangota