Harare couple Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwa who are suing United Family International Church (Ufic) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, over “false prophecies” have alleged that they have evidence to prove that Makandiwa is a false prophet who gets his powers from the occult. In an affidavit responding to Makandiwa’s application for the case to be dismissed, the Mashangwas say,
We must establish those allegations. We intend to lead evidence for instance which shows that the applicants obtain powers from their association with the occult, that they consult traditional healers, have people which they use in their church to obtain information from congregants and which Makandiwa passes on to unsuspecting congregants as prophecy.
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The affirmation is as false as the many ‘prophecies’ on the basis upon which we now sue Mr Makandiwa as a common fraudster.
…I want Makandiwa to say under oath that he is a prophet of God. I want him to tell the court how his powers of prophecy were transmitted to his wife.
…It is going to be clear that his receipt of tithes is a fraudulent act at any rate … It means nothing to me that Makandiwa is quoting scripture, even the devil does.
This is the second time that Makandiwa has applied to the High Court to have the matter dismissed. High Court judge Justice David Mangota ruled against Makandiwa saying that he has a case to answer, leading to the Ufic leader applying again.
Said Jonathan Samukange, the lawyer for the Mushangwas,
Makandiwa’s application is an abuse of the court processes. He is asking another High Court judge to overturn a ruling by the same court judge. He was supposed to go to a higher court. Makandiwa is basically saying make a ruling in my favour.
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