Pastor runs bars, gambling shops

HARARE - Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe president and Faith Ministries senior Pastor, Shingi Munyeza, has raised eyebrows after the shrewd businessman and man of cloth invested in beer outlets and betting shops.

Munyeza has been running News Café — an upmarket and elegant bar — in Harare’s posh suburb of Borrowdale and another one in the capital’s avenue areas.

He is also a shareholder in gambling firm Mega Bet.

Although the former African Sun Limited chief executive’s empire is operating legally and creating employment in a country where unemployment rate is estimated over 80 percent, critics say it is immoral for a cleric to preach righteousness during the day and promote debauchery, heresy, fornication and drunkenness at night. 

Munyeza has said he was being unfairly judged but said he should be commended for helping reduce unemployment.

“When I was running a lot of hotels under African Sun, you guys did not write that I was operating brothels, but now that I have my own things you want to write bad about me. Is what I am doing illegal?” Munyeza queried when contacted for comment.

The academic and high ranking businessman said there was nothing wrong with Christians owning or working in pubs as long as the businesses are operating within the confines of the country’s legal parameters.

Psychologist and theology expert Laura Lambert said there is everything wrong with Christians either owning or working in environments that do not promote the gospel of Christ.

“If the person doing this is a true born-again Bible-believing Christian, this lifestyle would not sit well with him or her,” Lambert said.

“I was a bartender off and on over the years and when I got saved I got convicted of it and did not feel comfortable with serving alcohol anymore or even being in a bar in that kind of environment.

“Also there is a lot of scripture in the Bible that warns us of being drunk or even getting a person drunk.”

Claudius Damba, a cleric with a local Pentecostal church, said there was nothing wrong in what Munyeza was doing, as long as he was loving and serving his neighbours,” said

“According to Matthew 22:36-40, loving God and loving our neighbours sums up our purpose,” he said.

“Having been reconciled to God through Christ, we are then sent by God into the world to love and serve Him by loving and serving our neighbours. This happens in vocation. So we can ask of every kind of work we are doing, ‘Am I loving and serving my neighbour, or am I exploiting and tempting him?’” he said.

“Obviously, those who make their living by robbery do not love their neighbours. Heroin dealers, hit men, con artists, and other criminals are hurting their neighbours and have no calling from God to do so,” Damba added.

Comments (27)

selling beer , marijuana and other intoxicating substances is unchristian . But , if u are an opportunist lyk the Pastors of today , u can even sell yo soul to the DEVIL for gud old greenback ! So meet yu pastors at the brothels yu will soon b running .

Timex Bwanali - 18 January 2016

Can you tell me that if you are making people drunk you are loving and serving them? You are actually killing them. What Shingi is doing is legal according to the law, but unti-Christ,full stop!!!If you are of this world, then you do not belong to the heavenly kingdom. Shingi do not hide with the Bible!! Damba, musoro wako wakaoma se damba.

Prophet of DOOM - 18 January 2016

Shingi should leave the pulpit and concentrate full time on his pubs and gambling!!!

Munyeza pools - 18 January 2016


FANGA - 18 January 2016

truly this is an insult to the gospel of can you claim to save a soul by exposing then to such environment? we understand there are no jobs.are there no any other business to run

comps - 18 January 2016

Don't be too quick to judge. We have two worlds, the business world and the world of Christ. Everyone who is in business to make money is not living by the gospel. The legal system is against the gospel. The bible says you should not swore your answer of yes and no is enough. If taken to court today, is that possible to do? We are living by the business world and God understand that and he loves us. Working as a waiter does not mean you are helping someone to sin. You are just working to put food on to the table. Being an executive of Zimsun and running your own small hotel does not make any difference. Don't judge people that judgement is reserved for God the man himself.

Africanson - 18 January 2016

uyu mfundisi uyu pane basa. he doesn't understand yet that intoxicating people is not loving them. best is we read the bible for ourselves than to follow this shingi and his love for money. there are ministers in our country who are not after money but called to serve God's children. by thier fruits you will know them.

tula - 18 January 2016

Firstly, l think what Shingi needs is to be corrected. I would like to think that he may be doing these businesses out of ignorance. Instead of throwing criticism at him on a platform like this, what is required is to go and see Shingi and try to make him see what he is doing wrong using scriptures. That's the Christian way.

chris - 19 January 2016

How many Christians are employed by Delta beverages which makes alcoholic drinks or by supermarkets and shops which sell beer, don't criticize the guy he is just making money.

Great1 - 19 January 2016

Shingi keep up the good work. Even Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding

gift chimanikire - 19 January 2016

I don't know what Bible he preaches from but we know that holy living is required of all believers. Jesus said no man can serve two masters. Which master is this preacher serving in those bars selling alcohol? Who is glorified in the prostitution, the substance abuse that goes on in those bars? Look into the mirror of God's Word and stand fro the truth. That beerhall does not give glory to God.

Pentecostal Preacher - 19 January 2016

It's business. Get over it. Keezimbabweans.p creating more opportunities for young

Frank - 19 January 2016

There is no where in the bible where it says Thou shalt Not Drink Beer. The Lord Jesus summed it all, read Matthew 7:1-2. Jesus is the author and finisher of faith. We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling says Philippians 2:12. Judging others is sin, so be wise.

Christ In Me - 19 January 2016

Adii kungoita mu Catholic otanga kunwa zvisina ma limits.

KANGOPISA - 19 January 2016

@ Africanson, nowadays any person can refuse to make an oath or swear in any manner that is contrary to his religion. This is actually in the Constitution section 60 "Freedom of Conscience" and it reads as follows:- (2) "No person may be compelled to take an oath that is contrary to their religion or belief or to take an oath in a manner that is contrary to their religion or belief."

Maxwell Christian - 19 January 2016

“Christ In Me”, your first sentence is very dangerous and it's actually false and heretical. The following verses prove that:- 1. Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”. 2. Proverbs 20:1 “Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise”. 3. Leviticus 10:9 "You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 4. Proverbs 23:29-30 “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.” 5. Isaiah 5:11 (New Living Translation) “What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.” I hope you are not going to go semantical about the above verses. Some prohibitions in the Bible are direct and in the POSITIVE like the 10 Commandments (and they are not the only commandments). Other prohibitions are indirect &/or are in the negative and some are implied or deducible. 1 Corinthians 6:9 & Galatians 5:21 says drunkards will not go to heaven; unless if they repent before they die and you WRONGLY say “There is nowhere in the bible where it says Thou shalt Not Drink Beer”, kindly consider your ways in the light of the above verses from the Bible! If someone is doing wrong they need to be told, it is not judging them. The Bible also says judge righteous judgment and it's not a contradiction – John 7:24:- “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly."

Maxwell Christian - 19 January 2016

Get over it ..are being forced to attend his church .Zimbabweans we are good for nonsense issues ,instead of forcing on more pressing issues that is to remove Robert `Lucifa` Mugabe ..we focus on Shingi who is employing our brothers and sisters .naaa lm disappointed .

bento - 19 January 2016

I am a Christian and I make the decision not to drink. I do however have a problem when we are selective in our Bible verses to make a point without searching for opposing verses as well. In Matthew 11:18-19 Jesus says "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ?He has a demon.? The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ?Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!? Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.? So He himself drank. And He is our Chief role model. By the same token Ecclesiates 9:7 says "Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do." In my humble opinion the Bible speaks against excesses.

Bhule Dube - 19 January 2016

Is drinking a sin? or it is drunkenness?

daniel ngwira - 20 January 2016

When I was running a lot of hotels under African Sun, you guys did not write that I was operating brothels, but now that I have my own things you want to write bad about me. Is what I am doing illegal?” Munyeza queried when contacted for comment. If the above quote was truthfully made by Shingie, then its unfortunate. Shingie, you can`t liken a hotel to a brothel. The main business of a hotel is to provide accommodation and ancillary benefits. If this basic purpose is abused by people turning into a brothel, then its simply abuse. Directly operating a betting house cant be compared with operating a hotel. Shingie think deeply and ethically before you make certain comments

Balanced thinking - 20 January 2016

May I salute John kachembere for raising a very pertinent issue. today we living in a land where people are confused by conflicting authorities who interpret the bible to suit their positions. its a land where there are no longer any precedence. the end justifies the means. it doesn't matter how one earns money. we have to survive by hook or crook.

Gentle Shepherd - 20 January 2016

I think Shingi akupenga if ever he believes the crap he is talking here....he is taking the people of he congregation for granted

Lloyd - 20 January 2016

He was on and on the other day about how he got the prophecy for this country and that other prophets are not seeing it properly. By the way he calls himself a prophet now. Are u an ambassador of Christ? Are you representing the Kingdom of God. What a load of crap. Stick to beer and prostitution Mr. Isu taimbonwa patakatendeuka takasiya. U can never mix the two things. God does not speak through such people. ndimi vanhu vanonyangadza vanhu vaMwari vakamira pachokwadi.

Yapping Pastor - 20 January 2016

hazi ega vamwe vakungoita business mu church wani selling things they call anointing something thats all business

george - 20 January 2016

hazi ega vamwe vakungoita business mu church wani selling things they call anointing something thats all business

george - 20 January 2016

Thank you so much ,you all guys who are standing by the truth of God's word.It very possible for a christian to operate a business without selling beer and other things which is against the scriptures,i have seen much shops butcheries especially those run by muslims,if they say we dont sell beer in their shops you never see it,if they say we dont sell pork in their butcheries you never see it in their butcheries,but their businesses go on and on.Whats wrong with the christian camp,Greed and compromising is the order.A true christian can not operate a bar and after collecting the money goes and preach against it.This is a wake up call to the church of Jesus Christ.No Time to compromise,uyu Damba ngaatibvirepo,dont sell the truth nekuti unoda mari

phillip musandiriri - 21 January 2016

People are reading the Holy Book upside down.There is nowhere in the Bible where beer drinking is encouraged.When Jesus was talking about partaking wine, he was talking of unfermented wine.That the wine which was drunk in churches. even at my church during Holy communion thats what is partaken

Stanley VaNyika - 22 January 2016

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.