Makandiwa sued for ‘fake prophecies’

 

United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, are being sued for US$6,5 million over alleged “fake prophecies, fraud and defamation”.

Harare-based businessman Mr Upenyu Mashangwa and his spouse, Blessing, filed the lawsuit at the High Court last Thursday, giving the Makandiwas and UFIC 10 days to respond.

The Mashangwas — both ex-UFIC members — allege Prophet Makandiwa in 2012 misrepresented that they would encounter a “debt cancellation miracle” and encouraged them to continue “seeding”.

However, the couple’s house in Marlborough, Harare was later attached and sold for US$500 000 instead of US$700 000.

They are now demanding the US$700 000 from Prophet Makandiwa.

The court papers read, “When making the representations, first defendant (Prophet Makandiwa) and second defendant (Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa) knew that it was, in fact, false and fraudulent. When the first and second defendants made the representations, they intended the plaintiffs to act thereon and in the result, increase on their monetary contributions to first, second and third defendants.”

The Mashangwas also want Prophet Makandiwa to pay them US$1,7 million for recommending a de-registered lawyer who was to dupe them.

Prophet Makandiwa is said to have prophesied during a UFIC church service that Mr Tichaona Mawere was a brilliant lawyer who would never lose a case.

The following week, he allegedly advised the couple to engage Mr Mawere in their frantic bid to recover US$1,7 million from money lender McDowell International.

Mr Mawere failed to win the case, resulting in the Mashangwas engaging another lawyer who then won the case at the Supreme Court.

However, the US$1,7 million could not be recovered as McDowell International was placed under provisional liquidation at the time Mr Mawere was “playing court games with fake High Court orders”.

Mr Mawere allegedly duped Mr and Mrs Mashangwa into paying US$37 000 in “legal fees”.

The court papers read, “When making these representations, First and Second Defendants knew it to be false in that the said Tichaona Mawere was, in fact, not a registered lawyer and, therefore, he was not competent to represent anyone.

“For a period of about 18 months, the said Tichaona Mawere produced fake High Court orders, which were brought to the attention of the First and Second Defendants who insisted that everything was in order.”

According to the court documents, Mr and Mrs Mashangwa gave US$1,1 million to Prophet Makandiwa and his church between 2011 and 2016.

Occasionally, it is alleged, Prophet Makandiwa would invite the millionaires to the pulpit, parading them as examples of success in UFIC.

The couple is said to have contributed between US$1 000 and US$25 000 monthly to the Makandiwas and UFIC monthly, with Prophet Makandiwa promising them commensurate benefits.

“Plaintiffs were induced by the misrepresentations made to them by the First and Second Defendants, and had they known the true facts, they would not have made such contributions.

“Wherefore, Plaintiffs’ claim jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved is for the payment of the sum of US$1 100 000 together with costs on a legal practitioner and client scale.”

The Mashangwas are demanding US$2 million compensation because their name was used to advance Prophet Makandiwa’s interests.

In addition, the couple alleges suffering “mental anguish” after publication of their private life on Facebook page “The Truth About Prophet Makandiwa”.

“Plaintiffs were used to market the First Defendant’s prophecies for the advancement of the Defendants’ interests and their prophecies as the success story of the prophecies when, in truth and in fact, this was sheer misrepresentation.”

Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners are representing the Mashangwas.

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  • Tafirenyika

    Mbavha!

  • ZVAZVIRI22

    prophet my foot!they also had it coming!

  • omahn

    If your church starts parading run!

  • Tendekayi.TE

    Zvinhu zvemweya izvi hazvidi maziso enyama.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    May be our relevant legislature committee should investigate the activities of religious necromancers in this country. We need to revisit the the constitutional provision in respect of freedom of worship to protect naive worshipers in our country. Religion , as human right should be discussed fully . We can come up with a statute to protect citizens from religious this opium.

    • No we don’t. These are not children that can be fed fairy tales. They are adults, making adult decisions.

  • Chikonamombe

    Zimra please get working

  • eliah

    i will never shed a tear for these dumb heads, where on earth can one fall for such stupid prophecies by stupid prophets in Zimbabwe, i do not get it. The number of fools in Zmbo is amazing yet there are claims that we have a very high literacy rate.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    I have no sympathy for people who get conned by these snake oil salesmen. Same with people who believe that ZANU will change their lives for better. Munongonyeperwa muchizhinya like a $2 hooker. You get what you deserve.

  • Dennis mudzingwa

    Magaya is seeking to consolidate his power by eliminating his toughest competitor.

    • Senator

      They are both fraudsters but frankly speaking Magaya did not put a gun to Makandiwa’s head to say Mawere was a good lawyer. He uttered those words all by himself in his church not at PHD church. Makandiwa has brought shame to himself.

  • sekai

    sekaii

  • sekai

    vakapusa

  • sekai

    kusaziwa kunoparira

  • W. David

    [07/08 02:05] Dad Nandi: 1 Corinthians 2:14
    [14]But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    [07/08 02:06] Dad Nandi: 1 Corinthians 2:13-14
    [13]Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
    [07/08 02:09] Dad Nandi: Understand the realm you are in and abide by its laws, respect the realm you are ignorant of and learn its laws if you intend to partake in it. Lest you apply laws not applicable.

  • JoeSaint

    True. Even if Makandiwa was wrong in what he did still if these are true worshippers of GOD then they must have given their tithes for advancement of mission not to make savings which they just wake one day to go and take back as they face challenges. They are entirely desperate.

  • Gee Hellaz

    The chickens are finally coming home to roost!

  • Tawanda Zhou

    Fraud refers to a wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
    For fraud to exist-the following elements should be present:
    -a false representation of fact.
    -knowledge of the falsity by party making false representation.
    -intent to deceive the party by making false representation.
    -reasonable reliance by the innocent party.
    -actual loss suffered by the innocent party.

    When you make contributions to the church, (the $1000 to $25 000) and then claim there was fraud-what kind of legal grounds would that be based on, where would be the misrepresentation, of what fact, where is the intention to deceive…..

  • Ola

    “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

  • Prosper Chaita

    its better to shut up,, than to comment shit
    you never know