Five men, who were accused of torturing, kidnapping and robbing while impersonating police officers to villagers who had reportedly stolen gold ore from a mine in Mutawatawa have been acquitted of all charges.
The mine was earlier believed to be owned by United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa but it was established that it belongs to a church member. It was also established that Makandiwa regularly visits the mine.
Garikai Murambidzi, Warren Chinyani, Joseph Dzomba, Osward Mukwesha and Brian Mawarura and four others were found not guilty after a full trial before Mutawatawa magistrate Mr Elijah Sibanda. Sibanda ruled that State allegations were unsubstantiated and lacked corroboration. The accused persons were facing four counts of kidnapping, three counts of robbery, assault and impersonating a police officer, peace officer or public official.
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