Makandiwa warns politicians

HARARE - United Family International Church (UFIC) founder prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has warned politicians not to interfere in church activities, saying the only reason Zimbabwe has survived economic turmoil was because of the existence of churches. 

Makandiwa told congregants at his crossover all night prayer on New Year’s Eve in Chitungwiza that most churches were not violating the country’s rules thus deserved respect from the government.

“What will bring us down as a nation is the day you start fighting the body of Christ, there shall be serious hunger in the nation.

“As a government, if you see a small group of people worshipping and you don’t understand them, best you just leave them… When I talk about the church, I do not refer to UFIC alone, I mean all churches in the country,” Makandiwa said.

Makandiwa was quick to point out that the economy had been aided by the prayers most churches hold every week.

“What has been keeping Zimbabwe alive to date is not the politician but the church, if it was not so, humans will be boiling their own babies for food, the church has been the only reason for our survival,” he said.

The preacher also warned that a “hunger of untold proportions” was going to befall the country if politicians continued disrespecting the church.

“Muri kuti mafa nenzara. Haisati yatanga (the hunger situation will worsen,” the popular preacher said.

The country’s industry is in a deplorable state, with many companies shutting down and many more projected to as the country’s economy deteriorates further.

Official statistics indicate that at least 4 500 companies have closed shop since 2011, sending more than 55 443 employees onto the streets.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was forced to lower the country’s 2014 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth projections from an initial 6,1 percent to 3,1 percent — which latter figure economic analysts said was still too optimistic.

Makandiwa said the church held the key to redeeming Zimbabwe from the tight liquidity conditions and high unemployment rates the country is grappling with.

Chinamasa has also predicted a 3,2 percent GDP growth for 2015, indicating that the limping economy will at best be largely stagnant in the new year.

In his 2015 budget statement, Chinamasa also warned that recurrent expenditure will go up to 92 percent in 2015, the bulk of it going to pay wages of the government’s 235 000 strong workforce.

Makandiwa, who recently scoffed at statements aligning him to any political party in Zimbabwe after his “bloodshed” prophecy, said government-church relations had to be stable for better economic conditions.

Makandiwa also took a swipe at politicians who seek medical attention out of the country, saying it took away the confidence of most Zimbabweans in the country’s health system.

“We have some who leave the country to seek medical attention, we have hospitals in this country, and there are many healing systems here. This defeats the whole purpose in everything,” he said.

The firebrand preacher also said he was not a prosperity bringer to his congregants, but instead sought to bring blessing.

“I am not a prophesy teacher, that is an understatement, I am a blessing teacher and you can only receive prosperity once you have understood the doctrine of blessings.

“Until you begin to think like a king, you remain in the church and not in the kingdom,” he said.

Makandiwa who hurled over the coals, all politicians who harassed churches, also said the only hope for unity in a country consumed by power struggles also lay in the church.

Late last year, Zimbabwe saw a shocker purge within the ruling party, Zanu PF, which saw President Robert Mugabe firing former vice president Joice Mujuru from government together with 15 other ministers whom he publicly accused of plotting to murder him.

Church and government have in the past locked horns with some government officials calling for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to tax all churches.

Comments (126)

Economies are turned around by sound economic thrusts and surely never by Devine interventions. The charlatan continues to try and feed the public with incredible stinky rubbish. Is he encouraging laziness? All I know when you pray you just kneel and close your eyes and plead with God to provide, Jehovah jire. I believe you pray to God to help your economic policies to succeed and not for God to decide your economy, stupid!

Amir - 2 January 2015

This is very true. The church represents the presence of God in any nation. As a nation you can be struck with total blindness like what happened to Saul.

Joe Banana - 2 January 2015

@ Amir if you are an ethist stop commenting on things that you do not understand. The word of God says principles of the Kingdom are foolishness to those who are ignorant.

Jukwah - 2 January 2015

Amir, you were spot-on when you said "..all I know..."Why dont you desist from commenting about what you are in gross darkness about? You dont understand the place of prayer in anything. You pray then you plan not the other way round. The reason our economic policies are failing is because they are made by politicians who don't consult God through prayer before they make them. Read 2Chronicles 7:14. We must sacrifice our beliefs mun'anga nemasvikiro and turn to God as a nation, including our politicians. This is our only way out of this mess

christmas box - 2 January 2015

The Makandiwa is a liar who lies through his teacth that he has prayed for many with incurable diseases and they were healed. It is sad that many gullible people still follow him. The government is right in protecting its citizen from being exploited. Makandiwa tells people what they want to hear and the foolish in response commit tithes and offerings instead of enjoying their hard-earned money with their families.

Muchenjeri - 2 January 2015

Is Makandiwa threatening ZANU gvt? Is he capable of bringing hunger because he illegally weds thousand at one go and the Gvt questioned ? Politics have been there since God made this earth,Dont bulsit us if u have morons for followers dont think all of us we are!

todiizvazvo - 2 January 2015

Muchengeri wakapusa ndiwe.

Peter - 2 January 2015

"Muri kuti mafa nenzara. Haisati yatanga " wind back Morgan Tsvangirayi once said that and true to his word we survived on hacha, vamwe kuMasvingo vakafurirana hacha idzodzi. Makandiwa for the first time I agree with him. We have prayed and this is what has carried the day else dai tiri in chaos.

maita - 2 January 2015

AMIR- if you don't understand things of the Spirit, NYARARA!My father says it as it is.

YEAR OF HIS POWER - 2 January 2015

To all critics, dzidzai kuteerea kana muranda waJehovah wataura.

Tawanda we Ufic - 2 January 2015

@todiizvazvo who told you that the wedding was elligal. For your on information the wedding on hundreds and hundreds was above board. It is only people like you who are foolish, jealous and ignorant who imagine and believe in their own lies. And your own information God existed before politics. God is the one who sustains any nation.

Joe Banana - 2 January 2015

I think you yourself are talking like a politician. 1. Not so long ago you said Zimbabwe will prosper and we will have 24hrs shopping like whereever in the States,nhasi woti "Hamusati matanga kuchem nzara", funny 2. You said your "oil" was ripe and you were going to give it to your children, but now you are telling them kuti more nzara is on its way!! 2. When you gave the opening prayer for the "million signatures for anti sanctions" your relationship was stable with the politicians but still nothing of worth materiased, except sound economic policies of the GNU. 4. To your credit, you have admitted reality, kuti nzara iri kuuya, we have ALWAYS told your followers kuti be faithful, but BE REAL, ivo vachiti hee, tiri vana vapapa tinoramba dhimoni repoverty blah blah blah.

kitsi - 2 January 2015

kitsi, do you understand this statement from the Seer? "What will bring us down as a nation is the day you start fighting the body of Christ, there shall be serious hunger in the nation." ska ndamboti, if u dont understand things of the Spirit Nyarara!

YEAR OF HIS POWER - 2 January 2015

WORDS OF WISDOM. POLITICIANS BETTER LISTEN TO THIS WISE ADVISE.

fm - 2 January 2015

Those who think knows what The Prophet was saying. It has got nothing to do with his personal life or security because God has already secured him, but this has more to do with the body of christ in general. Churches are being victimised, criticised and crushed left right and centre by the media. Now the taxman has been ill-educated by the media into thinking that when they take money from churches they will acheive to appease their financial thirst. That will be the worst of decisions to be made by any government. Never you attempt to take away the alms of non-profit making organisations like churches. Those sacrifices carry peoples tears and problems which only God can deal with not the taxman. The nation will starve if you do that!

major T - 2 January 2015

Be warned Amir, whatever name you call yourself. You need to be very careful. Already you are so guilty and never innocent about your wrong and ignorant comments about the Man of God Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa. You bank an d trust on your hear say and automatically you become the son of the devil. Be very careful of the curses of Deuteronomy 28 from verse 14. The LORD almighty is still exalted and the same God.

Chidziwa, the Prophetic Defender - 2 January 2015

As wellsaid by major. When the church is being taxed, its not Makandiwa being taxed. He has nothing to lose so its not about his personal gain, he is only warning you of the consequenses of such stupidity and lazziness by the taxmen. Makandiwa does not bank money from his business empires into a church acc. so dont worry about him. He still will be okay after that but its the nation that will rot in poverty by fighting Gods principles. That will be the worst of decisions to be made by any government. Never you attempt to take away the alms of non-profit making organisations like churches. Those sacrifices carry peoples tears and problems which only God can deal with not the taxman. The nation will starve if you do that!

Tendai - 2 January 2015

You may argue and say rubbish about the man of GOD PROPHET E MAKANDIWA ,but as long as the nation go against the board of CHRIST you will suffer as a nation ,,,try it and thats when you will begin to know that PROPHET E MAKANDIWA is not an ordinary person ...he is a mighty man of GOD .BELIEVE IN THE PROPHET AND YOU SHALL BE ESTABLISHED .

Percy Makandiwa - 2 January 2015

Why are you being evil? What is wrong with this sentence (Makandiwa said during the Crossover Service last night : “What will bring us down as a nation is the day you start fighting the body of Christ, there shall be serious hunger in the nation.) Its only the devil who can be angry against such a holy MAN OF GOD.

Admire Rusere - 2 January 2015

WE BELEIVE YOU ARE OUR PROPHET, WE DO AS YOUR GOD SAYS!

EDWIN - 2 January 2015

Who does this guy think he is...keeping people in bondage and fleecing them of their hard earned cash..stupid mhani

colin haikem - 2 January 2015

I think this guy is a fraud, but he has a good point, leave the churches and people's faith alone because when you take that away you allow evil to taint the hearts of good men

The observer - 2 January 2015

It can only be the devil to think of taxing churches. That is insane. LEAVE THE CHURCH ALONE...

atiowin - 2 January 2015

ALL POWER BELONGS TO OUR GOD

Stavo - 2 January 2015

Thank you Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa!

james daniel - 2 January 2015

What the nation and government needs to here from ministers of the Gospel is repentance. Zimbabwe is in dire straits because our sin: collectively, individually, the church, the government! It is not the church that saves anything but the Lord Jesus Christ of the church. He is the Head. Please centre everything on Him and NOT on man. judgment starts in the house of God. We the church need to search our hearts before God first and then be a prophetic voice to the nation. Where there is no repentance there will be no restoration. It is only God's grace that keeps us going at all. Ministers of the gospel go back to the true gospel. Christ crucified. Not money and cars and things. it is all about Him; not what we can get our of Him. we seek Him first and then He adds what He knows we need.

Righteous justice - 2 January 2015

Listen to the voice of God through His servant Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa: "What has been keeping Zimbabwe alive to date is not the politician but the church, if it was not so, humans will be boiling their own babies for food, the church has been the only reason for our survival,” he said.

willie - 2 January 2015

IF YOU ARE AGAINST PROPHET MAKANDIWA YOU ARE OF THE DEVIL, WHY DO YOU FIGHT THE GOOD and CLEAR MOTIVES? Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has warned that Zimbabwe will be brought down if the government does not leave the church alone. IS THAT HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

tynash - 2 January 2015

What should happen to one who has found the kingdom? Why do you want us to continue seeking the kingdom we have found? Did Jesus say the kingdom will never be found? We are sick and tired of preachers who preach poverty yet Jesus became poor so that we can be rich. Why do you want to preach like we are still sinners? We left sin, we sought the kingdom and found it, so why should it be wrong for God to add everything else to me. PREACH GOODNEWS NOT BADNEWS!!!

@righteous justice - 2 January 2015

to all the critics...muchazviona as hamuzvidye....kana muporofita atura nyararai.if you think you know the mighty works of God why dont you just shut up!!! Kana murimi muriperfect with God and you can hear him as well better than PROPHET MAKANDIWA chitiudzaiwo kuti wenyu Mwari ari kutii....or maybe to say zvenyu zvimawri zviri kutii...

proudly Makandiwian - 2 January 2015

Those who think knows what The Prophet was saying. It has got nothing to do with his personal life or security because God has already secured him, but this has more to do with the body of christ in general. Churches are being victimised, criticised and crushed left right and centre by the media. Now the taxman has been ill-educated by the media into thinking that when they take money from churches they will acheive to appease their financial thirst. That will be the worst of decisions to be made by any government. Never you attempt to take away the alms of non-profit making organisations like churches. Those sacrifices carry peoples tears and problems which only God can deal with not the taxman. The nation will starve if you do that!

major T - 2 January 2015

Apa Pastor Makandiwa mataura. magona kutaura sezvazviri. Zimbabwe tinonyaradzwa neminamato inesimba irikuitwa day and night. pasinaJesu dai iri yoyoyo munyika. Situation yezimbabwe inotyisa nekuti kuzviongorora neziso renyama hataifunga kuti up to now vanhu vanenge vakangonyarara Mugabe achiita madiro but nekuti vanhu tanamata Mwari vanopindira towanikwa tisina moyo yekurwisana. Pavakurasika ndepekuti mapoliticians vakutoedzana vaJesu kuzvifananidza naMwari. ndokunonzi kufarisa chaiko and it looks like iwawa mapoliticians ndoakuzotiita kuti tichiti TASA nezhara and not zhara zhara ndinoreva iyo chaiyo yekuti hapana achange achikwanisa kupa umwe kana chii nekuti hakuna anacho. nyika yakuparadzwa nemapoliticians. Mwari dai mavaregerera mapoliticians aya haazivi zvaari. Asi vanopindira Mwari this time kana NIKUV NIKUV ............. hapana achagona kurigger. vanhu ngatinamatei. Maita vaMakandiwa unezheve dzokuhwa wahwa asingadiwo aah hameno. apa pataurwa apa navaMakandiwa chokwadi sezvachiri.

matozviitiro - 2 January 2015

This is the year of HIS POWER!!!! Thank you Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa!!!!

reeves - 2 January 2015

@ Colin Haikem, Who did Prophet Makandiwa fleece of his hard earned cash? Iwewe ndiwe unotoda deliverance from the bondage you are in. Hate, jealousy, ignorance, You do not know this guy, you have never listed to any his teachings first hand, you have never attended any of his services. You rely on makuhwa. Sorry manhingi

Son - 2 January 2015

Apa Pastor Makandiwa mataura. magona kutaura sezvazviri. Zimbabwe tinonyaradzwa neminamato inesimba irikuitwa day and night. pasinaJesu dai iri yoyoyo munyika. Situation yezimbabwe inotyisa nekuti kuzviongorora neziso renyama hataifunga kuti up to now vanhu vanenge vakangonyarara Mugabe achiita madiro but nekuti vanhu tanamata Mwari vanopindira towanikwa tisina moyo yekurwisana. Pavakurasika ndepekuti mapoliticians vakutoedzana vaJesu kuzvifananidza naMwari. ndokunonzi kufarisa chaiko and it looks like iwawa mapoliticians ndoakuzotiita kuti tichiti TASA nezhara and not zhara zhara ndinoreva iyo chaiyo yekuti hapana achange achikwanisa kupa umwe kana chii nekuti hakuna anacho. nyika yakuparadzwa nemapoliticians. Mwari dai mavaregerera mapoliticians aya haazivi zvaari. Asi vanopindira Mwari this time kana NIKUV NIKUV ............. hapana achagona kurigger. vanhu ngatinamatei. Maita vaMakandiwa unezheve dzokuhwa wahwa asingadiwo aah hameno. apa pataurwa apa navaMakandiwa chokwadi sezvachiri.

matozviitiro - 2 January 2015

Well, to be honest I don't trust Makandiwa on several issues like collecting lots of cash from poor followers. Then goes on to buy expensive vehicles. But on this he is right: As a nation we have managed to survive to this day because of the following; 1. Christianity in Zimbabwe has managed to calm down boiling tempers among us otherwise Zimbabwe could have followed Tunisia/ Egypt/ Libya route. 2. After attainment of independence in 1980, the government introduced free education and it was mandatory that everyone had to go to school. This policy created gentlemanship among the Zimbabweans that they feel they are too smart to go to the streets. That is why even after the president confessed that in 2008 Tsvangirai won by 73%, no one bothered to demonstrate against stolen election.

Munondidii - 2 January 2015

is mak worried guvment gonna liberate his $stash ?

mugu - 2 January 2015

Profiteer Makandiwa, have you advised profiteer Angel to seek medical treatment locally or is it a question of do as I preach and not as I do.

rex - 2 January 2015

There is nothing wrong with government watching over every institution since it's their job . So if you have confidence in what you are doing prophet Makandiwa , you have nothing to worry about . Mind you , there have been the David Koresh issue in the US and his Davidian Sect , the Jim Baker Ministry just to mention a few . Those who doing purely God's work will not have such a sermon to their congregates . Pray hard because government will not stop .

Wishes - 2 January 2015

The biggest problem with these Bible holding enterpreuners who pose as 'Men of God' is that they believe social ills like diseases only befall others and not them until it happens. Look at Angel, he would con HIV patients on life prolonging medication to throw away their medication as he had 'healed' them of their sickness, now he is the one going overseas to seek medication himself. Good policies are what would turn the fortunes of this poor but wealthy country and we pray to God for good leaders who can understand this simple principle.

Dr Know - 2 January 2015

prevention is better than cure ko iwo machurch anomborwisirweiko iyo hurumende yacho yadiiko kutsvaga zvimwe zvokuita pane kumakana nevanodahavo kunamata. dai vaimboziva kuti machechi aya anodzora sei moyo ne hunhu munyika vaitoshanda nemakereke zvitsvene chokwadi.

matthew - 2 January 2015

When Jesus was in the world he and his disciples paid taxes - the half shekel tax was paid "not to give offense to them" i.e.taxmen.(Matthew 17:24-27). He even further said "pay to Caesar his dues and to God his dues" (paraphrased)(Matthew 22:18-21)

Jatropha - 2 January 2015

You know what only god knows his true men and women . No human can create a man of god that is manga manga thinking .

Diibulaanyika - 2 January 2015

Amir you are an anathem,double stupid and GAY,worse than pigs and dogs,son of Lucifer.Let me just teach you thisthing,EVERYTHING around you is devine.That tupid brain you are using to think and utter evil is God's so better cut those dirty fingers that cause you to type things that you dont understand.DOFO.

chimusoro - 2 January 2015

These false profiteers always look for something to say in order to remain relevant in the national discourse. Zimbabwe is not in need of prayer, it is need of good leadership. A leadership that has the national interest at heart, a leadership that understands that sound economic policies and adherence to the rule of law are fundamental to socio-economic growth. Not greed and corruption. People like Makandiwa are no different from the current leadership in that they are both leaches, sucking the blood of the poor, but using different platforms to achieve their evil goals.

connie - 2 January 2015

When Jesus was in the world he and his disciples paid taxes - the half shekel tax was paid "not to give offense to them" i.e.taxmen.(Matthew 17:24-27). He even further said "pay to Caesar his dues and to God his dues" (paraphrased)(Matthew 22:18-21)

Jatropha - 2 January 2015

@ chimusoro,there is no need for you use offensive language against@ Amir just because he is expressing his own opinion,that is just plain intolerance coming from a "so called" christian. Do you know that most atrocities committed on this earth was caused by so called christians seeking to cleanse earth of evil(non christians),one such a man was hitler why are these christan people so intolerant? one wonders, makandiwa is nothing but con artist fleecing gullible desperate of their hard earned money,you have to be a fool not to realise that

lola - 2 January 2015

The first person to warn this nation of a huge hunger that is not easy to get rid off is Morgan . Others now are just repeating what Morgan fore told .I do not know which industries that the church is keeping alive as we no longer have such thing as industry in the country it long died .But i warn Magandiwa to refrain from talking exactly like Morgan bcoz more trouble will come to him and will end up like prophet Muponda who was based in Norton remember him .?

Diibulaanyika - 2 January 2015

religion is a $business. mak is in the $business of religion. business's pay taxes.

mugu - 2 January 2015

I call this 1000% truth.you have said the truth,if it was not the servants of God(planted all over Zimbabwe) who pray for our beloved Zim,dai tiri papi now.If you think Mr Makandiwa is lying to you,just try it for 2015 only and you will see the results

tafadzwa matare - 2 January 2015

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