Makandiwa to face judge

United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and wife, Ruth, will tomorrow appear before High Court Judge Justice David Mangota for allegedly making fake prophecies concerning businessman and former UFIC member, Mr Upenyu Mashangwa.

A High Court notice, dated October 31, 2017; shows the Makandiwa-Mashangwa case has been set for hearing in court chambers at 3pm tomorrow (Monday).

In August 2017, Mr Mashangwa and his wife, Blessing, filed a US$6,5 million lawsuit against Prophet Makandiwa over the “fake prophecies”, fraud and defamation.

However, the church leader sought exception, arguing that matters of faith could not be handled by a secular court.

Tomorrow’s interface involves discussions between the parties and Justice Mangota’s determination on the application for exception.

The matter will go to trial if exception is denied.

The Mashangwas want compensation from Prophet Makandiwa for allegedly misleading them several times.

They allege Prophet Makandiwa convinced them to hire de-registered lawyer Mr Tichawona Mawere, and to continue “seeding” in order to get a debt-cancellation miracle.

The couple’s property worth US$500 000 ended up being attached over the debt, according to court papers.

Through Advocate Lewis Uriri (instructed by Mr Wilson Manase), Prophet Makandiwa said secular courts could not get involved in faith-related issues.

Adv Uriri said, “The plaintiffs’ summons and declaration are excipiable in that they do not disclose any cause of action against any of the defendants. The plaintiffs’ summons and declaration are further excipiable on the ground that they are vague and embarrassing and the vagueness and embarrassment go to the root cause of action.”

Mr Mashangwa, represented by Advocate Thabani Mpofu (instructed by Mr Jonathan Samukange) hit back, “Instead of meeting the claims made head-on and establishing the truth of their representations, the prophets have decided to hide behind the curtains of legalism and subterfuge.

“They abuse the process of the court in doing so, much the same way they abused the trust reposed in them by the plaintiffs. The exception raised must be dismissed with costs. It is an annoyance.”

Adv Mpofu argued, “In the premises, it is clear that the exception taken is an annoyance. It is an alternative to the absence of a defence. The bottom-line is that it is without a basis acceptable at law.

“The exception ought to fail and defendants must be forced to defend their ways. The law would otherwise fail in its purpose. 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. This case is important for that reason.”

He alleged “religious brainwashing”, and implored the court to dismiss Prophet Makandiwa’s exception application.

“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. What is simply required when fraud is alleged is that the allegation must be specific. This matter does not, however, require the court to enquire into matters ecclesiastical.

“It requires the court to enquire into defendants’ lies. It requires the court to deal with the so-called ‘seeding’ practice that has reduced many a believer to penury. Can that kind of religious brainwashing be permitted by the court?

“Should the prophets wear their sleek suits and get away with stealing from the tormented?

‘‘These with respect are the questions which must be answered by the court. The court can only do so after hearing evidence and considering the circumstances under which the religious brainwashing occurs.”

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  • Ola

    The question remains- where does a physical court gets the audacity to summon a spiritual being with a spiritual matter that is 100% biblical and is an instruction from God himself and a widely held principle in the Kingdom of God?

    From the way I see it the lacunas with this case are-Which Judge is qualified to handle such a matter? What spiritual qualifications do they hold apart from their academic qualifications? Which law will they use against the Prophet?

    My understanding is that when we talk of a Prophet, we are referring to the voice of God. So how do you propose we separate the physical being of the Prophet the vessel that God uses/dwells in and the voice of God? To me ever bringing a Prophet in court is a sure sign we do not know the office which he operates in. It is not a physical office and no physical judge is qualified!

    Seeding as a 100% biblical principle is mandatory in any church of God;

    Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Malachi 3: 10, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Additionally, let’s also understand that whenever a prophecy is given by God’s Prophet it remains true, and the Prophet remains a true one, no matter what.

    But there is a journey between the DELIVERY of the prophetic word and its fulfillment. Are we able to hold on to the prophetic word, no matter what comes our way. We can’t love only the prophetic word and the associated results and shun fighting for it! There is no prophecy without a condition.

    In the journey of life, when we are so fortunate to receive a prophetic word—its God who has remembered us-lest we forget soon. Remember the cup bearer and the chief baker?

    After Joseph had interpreted the cup bearer’s dream [BLOOD REMEMBER ME!]
    he said-Genesis 40:14 “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

    Despite all THE GOOD that Joseph had done-the cup bearer went on to enjoy life and soon forgot about Joseph. God had to raise another opportunity for Joseph’s acquittal exactly two years later and indeed he was gracefully promoted!

    Two years is WHAT it took for the cup bearer to make mention of Joseph to Pharaoh- SOON FORGOTTEN!

    In essence, spiritual matters do not have a place in our physical courts. The physical court itself has to submit to the spiritual court! The spiritual was there before the physical!

    There were people that walked with God and there were some ambitious courts that wanted to rule such matters- and the bible records it;

    Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

    Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17″If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king”. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”…

    Acts 16:25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    These experiences were recorded in the bible for a reason, because God wanted to show us what he can do and lets take time to meditate deeply about this in our physical courts! In fact can the physical courts explain this to us first before attempting to be experts in the tithe issue!

    -What kept the lions from eating Daniel?
    -Why were the men moving up and about in the fire without any burn? Why were the men four instead of 3?
    -What shook the foundations of the prison and loosed Silas and Peter?

  • Ola

    The question remains- where do we get the audacity to interrogate spiritual matters 100% biblical and is an instruction from God himself and a widely held principle in the Kingdom of God?

    From the way I see it the biggest lacuna with this case is who has the spiritual qualifications to rule it?

    My understanding is that when we talk of a Prophet, we are referring to the voice of God. So how do you propose we separate the physical being of the Prophet the vessel that God uses/dwells in and the voice of God? To me ever bringing a Prophet in court is a sure sign we do not know the office which he operates in. It is not a physical office and no physical judge is qualified!

    Seeding as a 100% biblical principle is mandatory in any church of God;

    Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Malachi 3: 10, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Additionally, let’s also understand that whenever a prophecy is given by God’s Prophet it remains true, and the Prophet remains a true one, no matter what.

    But there is a journey between the DELIVERY of the prophetic word and its fulfillment. Are we able to hold on to the prophetic word, no matter what comes our way. We can’t love only the prophetic word and the associated results and shun fighting for it! There is no prophecy without a condition.

    In the journey of life, when we are so fortunate to receive a prophetic word—its God who has remembered us-lest we forget soon. Remember the cup bearer and the chief baker?

    After Joseph had interpreted the cup bearer’s dream [BLOOD REMEMBER ME!]
    he said-Genesis 40:14 “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

    Despite all THE GOOD that Joseph had done-the cup bearer went on to enjoy life and soon forgot about Joseph. God had to raise another opportunity for Joseph’s acquittal exactly two years later and indeed he was gracefully promoted!

    Two years is WHAT it took for the cup bearer to make mention of Joseph to Pharaoh- SOON FORGOTTEN!

    In essence, spiritual matters do not have a place in our physical courts. The physical court itself has to submit to the spiritual court! The spiritual was there before the physical!

    There were people that walked with God and there were some ambitious courts that wanted to rule such matters- and the bible records it;

    Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

    Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17″If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king”. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”…

    Acts 16:25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    These experiences were recorded in the bible for a reason, because God wanted to show us what he can do and lets take time to meditate deeply about this in our physical courts! In fact can the physical courts explain this to us first before attempting to be experts in the tithe issue!

    -What kept the lions from eating Daniel?
    -Why were the men moving up and about in the fire without any burn? Why were the men four instead of 3?
    -What shook the foundations of the prison and loosed Silas and Peter?

  • Ola

    The question remains- where do we get the audacity to interrogate spiritual matters 100% biblical and an instructions from God himself and widely held principles in the Kingdom of God?

    From the way I see it the biggest lacuna with this case is who has the spiritual qualifications to rule it?

    My understanding is that when we talk of a Prophet, we are referring to the voice of God. So how do you propose we separate the physical being of the Prophet the vessel that God uses/dwells in and the voice of God? To me ever bringing a Prophet in court is a sure sign we do not know the office which he operates in. It is not a physical office and no physical judge is qualified!

    Seeding as a 100% biblical principle is mandatory in any church of God;

    Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Malachi 3: 10, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Additionally, let’s also understand that whenever a prophecy is given by God’s Prophet it remains true, and the Prophet remains a true one, no matter what.

    But there is a journey between the DELIVERY of the prophetic word and its fulfillment. Are we able to hold on to the prophetic word, no matter what comes our way. We can’t love only the prophetic word and the associated results and shun fighting for it! There is no prophecy without a condition.

    In the journey of life, when we are so fortunate to receive a prophetic word—its God who has remembered us-lest we forget soon. Remember the cup bearer and the chief baker?

    After Joseph had interpreted the cup bearer’s dream [BLOOD REMEMBER ME!]
    he said-Genesis 40:14 “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

    Despite all THE GOOD that Joseph had done-the cup bearer went on to enjoy life and soon forgot about Joseph. God had to raise another opportunity for Joseph’s acquittal exactly two years later and indeed he was gracefully promoted!

    Two years is WHAT it took for the cup bearer to make mention of Joseph to Pharaoh- SOON FORGOTTEN!

    There are instances when matters of faith can not be clearly approached from the carnal as follows:

    Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

    Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17″If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king”. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”…

    Acts 16:25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    These experiences were recorded in the bible for a reason, because God wanted to show us what he can do and lets take time to meditate deeply about this in our physical courts! In fact can the physical courts explain this to us first before attempting to be experts in the tithe issue!

    -What kept the lions from eating Daniel?
    -Why were the men moving up and about in the fire without any burn? Why were the men four instead of 3?
    -What shook the foundations of the prison and loosed Silas and Peter?

  • Ola

    Seeding as a 100% biblical principle is mandatory in any church of God;

    Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Malachi 3: 10, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Additionally, let’s also understand that whenever a prophecy is given by God’s Prophet it remains true, and the Prophet remains a true one, no matter what.

    But there is a journey between the DELIVERY of the prophetic word and its fulfillment. Are we able to hold on to the prophetic word, no matter what comes our way. We can’t love only the prophetic word and the associated results and shun fighting for it! There is no prophecy without a condition.

    In the journey of life, when we are so fortunate to receive a prophetic word—its God who has remembered us-lest we forget soon. Remember the cup bearer and the chief baker?

    After Joseph had interpreted the cup bearer’s dream [BLOOD REMEMBER ME!]
    he said-Genesis 40:14 “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

    Despite all THE GOOD that Joseph had done-the cup bearer went on to enjoy life and soon forgot about Joseph. God had to raise another opportunity for Joseph’s acquittal exactly two years later and indeed he was gracefully promoted!

    Two years is WHAT it took for the cup bearer to make mention of Joseph to Pharaoh- SOON FORGOTTEN!

    There are instances when matters of faith can not be clearly approached from the carnal as follows:

    Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

    Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17″If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king”. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”…

    Acts 16:25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    These experiences were recorded in the bible for a reason, because God wanted to show us what he can do and lets take time to meditate deeply about this in our physical courts! In fact can the physical courts explain this to us first before attempting to be experts in the tithe issue!

    -What kept the lions from eating Daniel?
    -Why were the men moving up and about in the fire without any burn? Why were the men four instead of 3?
    -What shook the foundations of the prison and loosed Silas and Peter?

  • Ola

    The question remains- where does a physical court gets the audacity to summon a spiritual being with a spiritual matter that is 100% biblical and is an instruction from God himself and a widely held principle in the Kingdom of God?

    From the way I see it the lacunas with this case are-Which Judge is qualified to handle such a matter? What spiritual qualifications do they hold apart from their academic qualifications? Which law will they use against the Prophet?

    My understanding is that when we talk of a Prophet, we are referring to the voice of God. So how do you propose we separate the physical being of the Prophet the vessel that God uses/dwells in and the voice of God? To me ever bringing a Prophet in court is a sure sign we do not know the office which he operates in. It is not a physical office and no physical judge is qualified!

    Seeding as a 100% biblical principle is mandatory in any church of God;

    Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Malachi 3: 10, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

    Additionally, let’s also understand that whenever a prophecy is given by God’s Prophet it remains true, and the Prophet remains a true one, no matter what.

    But there is a journey between the DELIVERY of the prophetic word and its fulfillment. Are we able to hold on to the prophetic word, no matter what comes our way. We can’t love only the prophetic word and the associated results and shun fighting for it! There is no prophecy without a condition.

    In the journey of life, when we are so fortunate to receive a prophetic word—its God who has remembered us-lest we forget soon. Remember the cup bearer and the chief baker?

    After Joseph had interpreted the cup bearer’s dream [BLOOD REMEMBER ME!]
    he said-Genesis 40:14 “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

    Despite all THE GOOD that Joseph had done-the cup bearer went on to enjoy life and soon forgot about Joseph. God had to raise another opportunity for Joseph’s acquittal exactly two years later and indeed he was gracefully promoted!

    Two years is WHAT it took for the cup bearer to make mention of Joseph to Pharaoh- SOON FORGOTTEN!

    In essence, spiritual matters do not have a place in our physical courts. The physical court itself has to submit to the spiritual court! The spiritual was there before the physical!

    There were people that walked with God and there were some ambitious courts that wanted to rule such matters- and the bible records it;

    Daniel 6:21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

    Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17″If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king”. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”…

    Acts 16:25: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

    These experiences were recorded in the bible for a reason, because God wanted to show us what he can do and lets take time to meditate deeply about this in our physical courts! In fact can the physical courts explain this to us first before attempting to be experts in the tithe issue!

    -What kept the lions from eating Daniel?
    -Why were the men moving up and about in the fire without any burn? Why were the men four instead of 3?
    -What shook the foundations of the prison and loosed Silas and Peter?