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High Court shatters Makandiwa Church

By Tendai Kamhungira

HARARE – The High Court has ordered Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church (UFIC) to stop its construction and expansion works at its Chitungwiza church that had encroached into two adjacent stands.

A man walks past the church being built by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s UFIC near Chitungwiza Town Centre
A man walks past the church being built by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s UFIC near Chitungwiza Town Centre

While the popular preacher’s movement claims to have acquired the disputed land for $730 000, Justice Happious Zhou concurred with Tinashe Mutarisi’s urgent application that the colossal structure was encroaching into stands number 19774 and 19775.

“The first respondent (UFIC)’s contention is that the matter is not urgent because it has been building on the land for over two years,” the ruling says.

“But the urgency arises from encroachment onto the property, which is the subject of the applicant’s rights, a fact which only arose when the applicant noticed the interference on 27 October 2012,” Zhou added.

Mutarisi, who has also cited the Chitungwiza Municipality as a second respondent, claims to be the legitimate owner of the land by virtue of a lease agreement between him and the troubled municipality.

The Chitungwiza resident says he took action after seeing UFIC construction workers clearing the land without his authority, thus leading to the High Court granting him an interim relief for the church to stop interfering with his properties.

On the other hand, Makandiwa’s church had argued that Mutarisi’s court action was not only “dubious”, but also not urgent as it has been working on the land or site for the past two years.

“The copy of the electronic money transfer form attached to the opposing papers shows that payment of what is stated as the purchase price in the sum of US$730 000. 00 was made on 2 November 2012, a day after the urgent application was filed,” Zhou noted.

“It is trite that an ordinary agreement of sale merely creates personal rights between the seller and the purchaser. The respondent (UFIC) has no real rights over the property by the mere fact of having paid the purchase price,” he said.

Although Chitungwiza Municipality director of urban planning and services Conrad Muchesa claimed in his affidavit that Mutarisi’s allocated land was “fictitious, and non-existent”, he however, admitted that his council had a valid agreement with the applicant.

Emmanuel Makandiwa
Emmanuel Makandiwa

In this regard, Zhou has ordered the fast-growing church to stop carrying out any further developments that encroach or disrupt the Chitungwiza businessman’s operations.

The development comes as Makandiwa’s group has been in and out of court over the 30 000-seater church, specifically the acquisition of the land from the Chitungwiza Town Council.

In recent months, Movement for Democratic Change legislator Alexio Musundire has lost another High Court challenge over the stoppage and demolition of the multi-million dollar structure.

In his key arguments, Musundire said that the land had been unprocedurally acquired and it had been reserved for a hotel, a stadium and other social amenities. However, High Court Judge Justice Tedious Karwi dismissed the application for lack of urgency.

A magnetic and charismatic preacher, Makandiwa has emerged as one of Zimbabwe’s most influential characters.

Through his UFIC movement, the UFIC founder has won many admirers and critics through his sermons, and prophecies to a point that he has even been invited in the region to minister to people or individuals like Nelson Mandela.

In recent times, the 35-year-old churchman has not only built quite a significant brand and empire, but also a pioneer and market leader in many things.

Earlier this year, the lanky preacher unveiled a 61-piece Italian-made public system to power his ministry and is also in line to launch a monthly magazine called The Family.

Such is the “prosperity gospel” man’s rise to power and super-stardom that he even lives a comfortable life — a forte once dominated by the old order of Pentecostal church founders, including Matthew Ashimolowo and Celebration International Church pastor Tom Deuschle. -Daily News

  • hop hop

    kana chipostora chotaurwa nevakuru vakare teerera.

  • hop hop

    kana chipostora chotaurwa nevakuru vakare teerera. Msavarega vachienda vasina kutiratidza gwara.

  • Kudzai Mubanga

    No matter how much he paid kana land iri yemumwe munhu siya.

  • hop hop

    ko birizhonga rabvepi nemachurch anhasi murikuomesera vateveri. Take the anglican case macourt macourt zvinoshanda here izvi

  • israelmuzhingi

    Thats how the devil works ,the devil is not pleased seeing God being praised He fight in different ways so pray without season saints

  • hw can a church engages in illicit deals.

  • Pliz don’t fight da man of god. Illicit deals das not his portion . He is worth more dan dat

  • Pliz don’t fight da man of god. Illicit deals das not his portion . He is worth more dan dat

    • Jairos

      Akakuudza kuti ndi Man of God ndiani? Musatamba nezita raMwari imi vanhu imi.

      • Anonymous

        Iwe akakuudza kuti haasi ndiaani

        • Jairos

          he is just a clever motivational speaker who knows the Bible and manage to fool people like you. muchamuka henyu manje manje.

          • Reasi

            ko iwe hako dull immotivational speaker wakaita zvingani,ranga risiri sango here iroro kwemakore aidi kuvaka iye businessman wacho,vanhu vashaya pekunamatira kuti businessman avake hake mwari achakutongai vanhu imi

      • james

        do not judge.he z a man of god.l not his follower but am just impressed by the word

      • Reasi

        I know so

  • tafara chiweshe

    why not talk to the mutarisi guy n give him a juicy offer for his land.he will take the money instead of elbowing him out.

  • Anonymous

    Nguva yokuguma yosvika bcoz satan oita zvanoda nesuwena.

  • Mwari we minana arise

  • Godfrey

    zvaMakandiwa zvemishonga yake yakatora kuNigeria imi munoti akaitorepi mari yese iyoyo hanzi akabhadhamota ten.

    • Reasi

      unogona kuzvimiririra here zvauri kutaura izvozvo kana kuti kungowawata kusina kana brain,iwe iwe taura zvaunoziva uye zvaunogona kuzomiririra shld the need arise,asi uri mwana wen’anga kani akakura achiziva kuti mishonga chete ndiyo inoita kuti zvinhu zviitike,ukawana mukana utikwanire

  • Tawanda

    Wakarohwa nemusoro Makandiwa mari yakarova pasi.ngaavakeka pasi pacho nyika inake.rega vanovaka vavake mhani.

  • Anonymous

    sanibalathi na Tobia

  • Chirimuta Jennifer Kundie

    People what you forget is Makandiwa is not God he is a human being like all of us and temptations also befall him. And the fact that he can afford it he might have just used the loophole #justathought not condemning anyone#

  • Yola

    Daily News, what is wrong with the Man of God living a comfortable life? Ours is not a God who delights in the suffering of his people!

    • ncema

      Which Bible are you reading? Jesus promised we would suffer for the gospel. While God may not delight in our suffering, He promises it will come.

      2 Timothy 1:8
      Do not blush or be ashamed then, to testify to and for our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for His sake, but [ with me] take your share of the suffering [to which the preaching] of the Gospel [may expose you, and do it] in the power of God.

      2 Timothy 2:3
      Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.

      • Mupostori

        Hahaha! Ncema you’re confused! Listen to your self. What prophet Makandiwa is going through, is that not suffering for the gospel? Abraham was wealthy, Joseph was wealthy, and there are a lot of other examples in the bible. By quoting the bible in such a discussion, you proved to yourself you do not understand it. Pray for spiritual wisdom. I personally do not follow anyone when it comes to prayer, but I understood 1 thing from the start. Do not disqualify anyone when it comes to God.

  • stan

    for pple to say it means they feel ur impact,saka businessman takes presedence over God

  • Zachariah

    It’s part of life lets soldier on. So far so good, Christ is preached.

  • ndini

    ko ngaanamate ka tione.kkkkkkkkk

  • Mafikezolo

    Kana zvirizvzmwari it will come to pass kana zvisiri we will see. Only time will tell so I would rather not comment. I read the bible an stick to the word not to people bcz zvevanhu zvinopera zvamwari ndozvinogara nokusingaperi.

    • eazysignal

      taura hako munhu wamwari

    • Gonzo

      Munenge muchiona makamira pai. Regai makandiwa anamate kana muchinamata hamutaure zvamurikutaura. Chenjerai kushandiswa na satan muchifunga kuti murikugona kutaura.

  • Andy

    Mugabe owns the high court remember he spoke about “false prophets”recently. Why after his speech?????

  • justice must prevail

  • Gangnail

    ZvaMwari zvinogadzirika zvoga. Chokwadi chichabuda hacho.

  • Terriss

    the businessman has a right to his land. As such he must be treated fairly. A great man is seen by how he treats the weaker one. Makandiwa has touched many lives and has turned many people to GOD , he must not let ego get the better of him.Its not money that wins the battle for God but kindness and a warm heart.Do not kill your neighbours only sheep when you have a million.

  • buntu

    According to the report;Mr Makandiwa’s Church paid for the said stand.So if that turns out to be a problem;then Council should carry the blame.

  • fay

    Why is it that Nehanda Radio always has something to say about Pastor Makandiwa? Judgement belongs to GOD and only GOD alone. Siyanai naye regai Musiki wake amutonge ega. Dont tanish this man’s image nekuti haana chaakakutadzirai. GOD is no respecter of persons and most importantly GOD knows his heart. Those who are concerned that he is leading people astray Luke 6v44 says a tree is known by its fruits, GOD will always expose works of darkness, HE will NEVER let HIS people be led astray, so in the fulness of time we will all know the truth. Zvenyu zvamaakuita zvekusona munhu week after week hazvina kunaka. I am getting tired of reading stories about Pastor Makandiwa week in and week out, negative stories for that matter. Tsvagai dzimwe nyaya.

  • Anonymous

    Kana Makandiwa aine mishonga musiyeyi achamamiswa neshamhu yamwari asi kana ari pachokwadi the truth will set him free

  • Anonymous

    deixa assim deus vai resolver suzinho quando tempo de ele chegar vai xorar.Ndivo vanhu vari kutibira stands matsotsi ngavasungwe brat bhokoko bastet

  • Raymond Mayisiri

    Siyayi mwana waMwari aite zvaakatumwa Asi kuita basa rekuvaka MaBhahwa stand iyoyo ndoyanyanya kuitasei

  • marck marara

    zimbabwe zimbawe inini ndiri mupositori anonamatira pasi pemuti asika mhosva ya baba makandiwa apa ndeyipi chitungwiza council ndiyo yakatambira mari kubva kunava makandiwa s church mwari vanondiwudza kuti makandiwa mukundi marwadziwa chete neminana yaari kuita ehee masangano enyu akundwa chete zvinhu nehuwandu hwevanhu vateveri huye neminana zvirinani kuyenda kuground kunava mandiwa paneku apler kuyenda kunorutsiswabzvidyiswa kunigeria kwana pastor baba makandiwa muri mutyairi webus rakatakura vanhu tarirai ku dastination isu mapositori enguwobchena tinoku sapotayi

  • cliford

    kurwa nebasa raMwari hakugoneke vasiri ivo asatan vanenge vagara munhu.Kushaiwa njere kwakaipa,Jehova wamakanzwa kuti akaparadzira hondo yaFaro mumvura ndiye wamafunga kumisidzana naye here nekuti mune tukwambo?Wehondo haarwirwe,chizvionerai.

  • Reasi

    Mufundisi akaita murombo ndokuti anzi ndewa mwari chaiye chaiye akaita mari hanzi haasi ave wasatan saka kana mari yacho iri ya satan sezvinoda vazhinji muri kuishandirei and muri kuidii mari yacho why is it wen it comes to prophet its all abt money money money ndoyamuri kuona ko asi Prophet Makandiwa wacho havana wo zvakanaka zvavari kuita here mu community as a whole asi ikoko manewspaper haabvumidzwe kunyora nezvazvo,varwere vari kupora,shirikadzi dziri kuchengetwa,nherera dziri kuendeswa kuchikoro asi izvi hamumzwewo nezvazvo.

  • Raphael

    Prof Makandiwa. I dont attend UFI, but I beleave you are a man of God. Keep up the good work. May God continue to bless you kusvikira nyika yadaira izwi rashe. Musateere zvinotaura vanhu

  • d

    Mwari pindirai zvavakuda muriimi moga

  • Abel Mutsangu

    Zvina mwari hazvitongeki makandiwa chii chaatadza apa mwari pindirai

  • The trueth will set u free

    VIVA GONO MOYO,VIVA VAMUTARISI,ndokuti GONOKA UKU,UNOFUNGA VAITITI VANA GONO VAINYEPA HERE? zvino ukawona wondundurutswa nevana vadiki zvichafadza here,kubva wawira pasi mutsindo kunzwika nekwedu hwedza hazvipi chiremera izvi.Ndiko kugona uku GONO haikona kutanangirwa nevamwe varume mfana.

    kochoro…….