Uproar over Makandiwa’s corruption remarks

Source: Uproar over Makandiwa’s corruption remarks -Newsday Zimbabwe

Emmanuel Makandiwa

United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa has torched a storm after one of his sermons went viral on social media, in which he appeared to “sanitise” corruption.

In the clip, the UFIC leader said: “Some of you don’t understand. Some of you hear what has not been said. It’s like you have me saying there is no corruption happening. That’s what you would have heard. Why do you misinterpret. Corruption has different levels.

“There is a certain level where there will be US$10 billion for road construction, of which US$5 billion is swindled and US$5 billion is used for the construction. That corruption is different from other corruption because all of the US$10 billion could be squandered.”

Zimbabweans quickly reacted to the sermon saying Makandiwa was seemingly siding with corrupt government officials.  Others described him as a fake prophet.

Exiled former Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo tweeted: “Not here. Papa don’t be a rolling stone. The 50/50 quota is for gender equality, not for corruption parity.”

Another Twitter user, Joseph Samanyara said: “On this one, he totally lost it! Corruption should never be justified because that money is being paid by taxpayers and must fully benefit the taxpayers.”

Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development programmes manager John Maketo said: “We stand against all forms of corruption.”

Centre for Natural Resource Governance director Farai Maguwu said if government did not sincerely deal with corruption affecting Zimbabwe, the country would remain poor.

“Corruption is corruption, it must not be classified. We can’t sanitise the looting of US$5 billion because the other US$5 billion was reportedly used for the intended purpose,” Maguwu said.

Meanwhile, in his sermon, Makandiwa also said: “Zimbabwe is rising bit by bit, whether Satan likes it or not. We are walking in prophetic steps. From morning until midnight, we are seeing those in power doing what was revealed to us, but God will support until you get embarrassed. If you were a prophet like me, you would do the same.”

Maguwu, however, said it has now become very difficult to distinguish between Makandiwa the preacher and Makandiwa the politician.

“These are inflammatory political statements which have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ. People must be encouraged to create industries and not take what does not belong to them. That is theft and is against the teaching of scriptures,” Maguwu added.

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    Kalulu 2 months ago

    Just like other people,I listened  to Prophet Makandiwa’s sermon on corruption and I was horrified by what he said. My advice to Prophet Makandiwa is that he should not delve into issues that he has no knowledge of as he is a known secondary school drop-out with no notable academic passes. He should concentrate on preaching the word of God and not to assume that since some of his followers are highly educated people who listen to his sermons, he is also an ‘Intellectual’ as he may damage his reputation. He should leave politics to politicians as he has no grasp or understanding of the dynamics of politics. He should also refrain from sensationalism by bringing the name of God in worldly issues unnecessarily. 

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    Mapingu 2 months ago

    It is mind boggling for some thief who swindles his gullible followers using bible can have guts to openly tell them that its fine when corrupt officials steal 50% of government money its fine – becoz @ least they are using the 50% for the right purposes. what an insult!

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    Makandiwa is more of an idiot than a prophet. He is in ZANUPF’s pocket and has become their mouthpiece. In addition, he must be blind or refuses to see the decline and decay that is prevailing in the Zimbabwean society. I quote:

    “in his sermon, Makandiwa also said: “Zimbabwe is rising bit by bit, whether Satan likes it or not.” What planet is this man living on??

    He goes on to say ” From morning until midnight, we are seeing those in power doing what was revealed to us, but God will support until you get embarrassed. If you were a prophet like me, you would do the same.” I ask Makandiwa, do what exactly? When David did wrong by committing adultery with Uriah the Hittite’s wife, Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan called him out on it. I suggest that Makandiwa read the bible carefully and that his sermons should reflect God’s word, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. I do believe that neither God nor Jesus Christ would condone ZANUPF’s thieving of the national resources, ZANUPF’s record of vicious violence towards the citizenry, and ZANPF’s continued life of depravity.

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 2 months ago

    Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool – Mark Twain