Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa is a fake prophet who consults sangomas, according to a businessman fighting him in court.

Upenyu Mashangwa says Makandiwa must appear in court where evidence will be led to prove that he is a “fake prophet”. Makandiwa has applied for the case to be thrown out.

“Respondents (Prophet Makandiwa and wife, Ruth) have in the main matter made allegations against the present applicants. We must establish those allegations. We intend to lead evidence for instance which shows that the applicants obtain powers from their association with the occult, that they consult traditional healers, have people which they use in their church to obtain information from congregants and which Makandiwa passes on to unsuspecting congregants as prophecy.

“The affirmation is as false as the many ‘prophecies’ on the basis upon which we now sue Mr Makandiwa as a common fraudster.”

“I want Makandiwa to say under oath that he is a prophet of God. I want him to tell the court how his powers of prophecy were transmitted to his wife. I want him to explain why he took advantage of the trust we had reposed in him. ‘I also want him to explain the kind of magic that he used on us all this while and to rebut the suggestion that he consults the occult. How can all this be decided on affidavits?

“I finally indicate that all these issues that relate to whether Makandiwa is a false prophet are issues that are going to be put to him by my counsel who is not only competent in law but I believe probably knows more of the Word than Makandiwa.”

Mr Mashangwa says he will also demonstrate, Bible in hand, that Prophet Makandiwa is not entitled to receive tithes. 

“It is going to be clear that his receipt of tithes is a fraudulent act at any rate … It means nothing to me that Makandiwa is quoting scripture, even the devil does,” says Mashangwa.