Makandiwa's gold prophecy queried

HARARE - Geologists have questioned self-proclaimed prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s claim of mysterious gold boom, saying in Zimbabwe the precious mineral can be found “everywhere”.

They said Zimbabweans have always picked up gold since pre-colonial times.

The controversial-but-popular prophet has courted debate with his latest prophecy that Zimbabweans would pick up gold straight from the ground.

“The Lord told me: ‘Tell Zimbabweans to change their focus.’ Everyone is saying diamonds, diamonds, but I see another precious mineral for Zimbabwe ... gold will be picked up from the ground,” he said.

At the height of the country’s economic meltdown in 2007, Zimbabwe discovered diamonds in the Manicaland province and many people rushed to pick the rare gems before the government sealed off the place.

However, Makandiwa’s prophecy that gold would be picked on the ground is now the in thing that has captivated many.

Lovemore Chimuka, a geologist said although gold can be found anywhere in mineral-rich Zimbabwe, it cannot rain from the air.

Makandiwa claims people are picking up gold in Mukumbura.

“We have what are called gold fields and this is all over Zimbabwe. Gold rushes can happen anywhere because it can be found anywhere in Zimbabwe.

“As happened in Kwekwe last year, people can always rush for gold therefore it is not unique but it is actually expected but only that the gold was still to be discovered. I however, don’t know about gold coming from the air,” said Chimuka.

Grecious Chinoda, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), explained the origins of gold and said it cannot come from air.

“Gold comes from the deeper level of the earth’s crust where it is leached from ‘ultramafic’ source rocks.
“The gold dissolves in some fluids circulating within the crust, and these fluids are then channelled to the upper crustal levels through what are called geological structures.

“Thus as far as geoscientists are concerned, gold formation and occurrence is entirely a product of physio-chemical processes occurring within the body of the earth and on surface.

“Any other methods of gold occurrence outside these are beyond an ordinary geologist’s understanding and explanation,” said Chinoda.

Another lecturer at the UZ who asked not to be named said on the geological map of Zimbabwe, most of the rocks have gold but in small quantities.

“If you look at the geological map of Zimbabwe you will find out that rocks have gold everywhere. It is proven that gold is everywhere,” she said.

The geological expert said believing gold could come from the air is a matter of faith that cannot be scientifically proven.

“Geologically gold comes from rocks and not air. Even in other planets where our counterparts have been going, gold comes from the ground,” said a lecturer at the UZ Geology Department.

The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Mines (ZNCM) says Zimbabwe is a gold country.

“The Archaean terrain of Zimbabwe is, in terms of gold yield per square km, the most productive of its kind in the world.

Like his fellow prophet and equally flamboyant friend Urbert Angel who claims to multiply money in bank and people’s accounts, Makandiwa says people do not understand the hand of God.

For decades, gold panners in areas such as Kwekwe, Shurugwi, Kadoma, Chegutu and Mazowe have been picking up gold from the surface for decades, well before Makandiwa’s prophecy.

Comments (4)

So interviewing all these people is trying to dispute the prophecy of the man of God. In the times of Noah's flood they could have interviewed many learned people sounding big words but the flood happened. The mark of prophecy is whether it will happen or not and only time will tell on that one not "experts"

surefootp - 17 January 2013

So interviewing all these people is trying to dispute the prophecy of the man of God. In the times of Noah's flood they could have interviewed many learned people sounding big words but the flood happened. The mark of prophecy is whether it will happen or not and only time will tell on that one not "experts"

surefootp - 17 January 2013

The idea of experts is human wisdom trying to dispute the Word of God. Actually its normal that prophecy will be questioned & doubted by some and believed by others etc. We believe its true and we will eat of it but those doubting will see of it but not eat of it.

PJ - 2 January 2014

The idea of experts is human wisdom trying to dispute the Word of God. Actually its normal that prophecy will be questioned & doubted by some and believed by others etc. We believe its true and we will eat of it but those doubting will see of it but not eat of it.

PJ - 2 January 2014

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