606 couples wed at UFIC mass wedding

HARARE - Hundreds of couples tied the knot at a mass wedding in Harare yesterday, part of an event organised by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church (UFIC).

Some 606 couples took part in the ceremony at the City Sports Centre in the capital. About 140 of them were reaffirming their vows.

Makandiwa prayed for the couples and gave them words of wisdom before jetting off for a two-week mission in Ghana, United Kingdom and South Africa.

Couples travelled from all over the country to take part in the ceremony and exchanged vows in the crowd, with men dressed in black suits and the women donning traditional white or crème gowns.



UFIC church has gained fame but this was the first time it was holding a mass wedding for their followers.

The decor and flower bouquets were all red, white and yellow.

Makandiwa told the couples to be grateful for receiving their wedding blessing at such a gathering at a time divorce cases were on the rise.

“I have travelled all over the world; I have never seen any tourist attraction as beautiful as this,” Makandiwa said.

“Living in such a time when marriages are breaking up and having such an event taking place is a blessing.

“This is what I used to tell you that it is not all about money. Whatever you want to achieve, you can achieve.”

According to church officials, 900 couples had booked for the mass wedding but about 300 failed to secure their paperwork before the day.

Another mass wedding ceremony will be held beginning of next year.

“This is not a marriage certificate but a marriage blessing certificate,” Makandiwa said.

He also revealed that the church recently bought 100 acres of land for $1 million in Mt Hampden where the UFIC headquarters will be built and a church to accommodate 100 000 people.

Makandiwa said the church had also acquired 215 acres in Chinhoyi where they will also use a nearby mountain for prayer.

The celebrity gospel preacher said his church has also been given the green light to continue construction at its Chitungwiza church site which was stopped over a year ago by local government.

“Some were saying we stopped because of money but that has never been a problem in this church,” he said.

“It is because they have not done a thorough research of our God… This is an official certificate from the government’s environment committee to say we have looked at everything and you are allowed to continue and next year we resume.”

Makandiwa said construction had to be halted because government felt that the site needed to be connected to the main sewer system.

“We said our reason was the main line seems to be always congested therefore we wanted to use a septic tank which could be emptied anytime,” he said.

Turning to a reported tax investigation into church finances, Makandiwa said UFIC’s operations were found to be totally clean and compliant. 

“About four years ago, I told our finance director to make sure all taxes are paid and records are in order,” he said.

“I knew I was going to be investigated because there are people who believe a man of God cannot live such a life without diverting church funds. If there was anything, you should have heard by now.”

He alleged that the development was initiated by “enemies” bent on denting UFIC’s image.

“When I come back (from a conference in Ghana) I will tell you who has been behind all this,” he said.

“You will be surprised. A lot of our enemies know that Makandiwa does not talk too much but I think it will be necessary in the next few months.”

Comments (36)

like the moonies

Moon and Sun! - 1 December 2014

Lovely

jabu - 1 December 2014

What a Prophet, this man is a man of God please.

rick - 1 December 2014

This is awesome what God has put together let no man put asunder

Pastor J - 1 December 2014

Lovely Prophet Makandiwa is pioneering things in Zimbabwe

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lovemore - 1 December 2014

This a really great event i think more churches should do this,it saves money and at the same time people get a blessed union.Da vekwedu vakacoperwo

fox - 1 December 2014

Wonderful this is really great history.A first in Zimbabwe

gamu - 1 December 2014

GOD IS SMILLING AT THESE COUPLES RIGHT NOW, THEIR LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

tynash - 1 December 2014

God has been in support of marriages since the formation of man and woman. What God has joined together, let no man put assunder.

EDWIN - 1 December 2014

This reminds me of that cult the moonies led by Sun yan Moon of the Unification Church who used to do mass weddings

brenda Dube - 1 December 2014

l apreciate that he had never slaughtered any like Magaya. wedding is very good. l dont know why like magaya is into occult, why go to mountain to pray ? why go to Ghana ? were is gold promised ? you had done so many judgement night but yr followers are still poor they cant by 1million property like u. l come to notice one thing any great prophet had west african link, although the places are great in occult, l dont knw why man of God are tracking there. why is it bible never told us west afrca will churn out all great prophet, who predict pple death , soccer etc

jona - 1 December 2014

This is our God

haz - 1 December 2014

makorokoto

james daniel - 1 December 2014

THE Grace upon the house is now visible. God of the Prophet has been so gracious to us

TAURAI - 1 December 2014

sweeeeet!!!

laura - 1 December 2014

Proud to be under the covering

fortune - 1 December 2014

Proud to be under the covering

fortune - 1 December 2014

Crazy morons

Musona - 1 December 2014

rega tizoona ne mafruits azvo..

honaiho - 1 December 2014

Left for Ghana to go and do what, this is where the so called Godfather Boateng is but who am I to judge. This thing of saying "man of God' is still a mystery to me cause who is not?

Tapuwanashe Maravire - 1 December 2014

Hameno Mwari.

nyanga - 1 December 2014

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chiremba - 2 December 2014

Can somebody please explain to me this concept of mass wedding.Is it in the same line with mass production?I am afraid quality is compromised here.In my opinion the day of wedding is a special one for the weds(not masses) .ALL THE ATTENTION AND FOCUS SHOULD BE ON ME,ALL THE SPACE MUST BELONG TO ME.It should be my day.Anywhere if it was out of choice, then congratulations.

Matilda - 2 December 2014

would rather have MY wedding than Our wedding anywaez congratz to the newly wedz

cashflowzz - 2 December 2014

Pathfinder. Ndinofara kuvawo mwana waProphet Emmanuel Makandiwa

Mwana weMuporofita Prophet E. Makandiwa - 2 December 2014

the number is a little inquisitive. 606 not 666. just an observation. otherwise all the best to the new couples.

tsanga - 2 December 2014

SODOM AND GOMORA

CHIRINDAMATURA DUST - 2 December 2014

Left for Ghana to attend the Christian Conference organized by Archbishop Duncan Williams link below; http://impactaci.com/

WaMakandiwa Mwana - 2 December 2014

kkkkkkkkkk

kuso kuso - 2 December 2014

Waal, awesome. Pane chakanaka hapashai vanoshora, this is a landmark in Church history, vamwe vanofara zvichiitwa kwavo chete. Going to a Conference in Ghana is no cult thing. Panyika dzese dzataurwa yawangoona iGhana chete? Is there any church with congregates who are richer than Ufic and cars that are more than those that throng the City sports centre, Ufic sons and daughters are rich than any other churches.

Munhu waMwari - 2 December 2014

unique though

msikavanhu alford - 3 December 2014

we make the headlines, we yield the power, we act and they react, we're enjoying this life and we're going to enjoy the next life they may not express it but they know truth, everybody does and no one will ask: 'Who is Makandiwa?' coz we all can see, he is Zimbabwe remembered..

knowledge - 3 December 2014

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