Emmanuel Makandiwa
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, United Family International Church Ministries
ChurchUnited Family International Church (UFIC) Ministries
Personal details
Birth nameShingirai Chirume
Born (1977-12-25) December 25, 1977 (age 43)
Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central Province
ResidenceHarare, Zimbabwe
ParentsLilian Makandiwa (Mother)
SpouseRuth Makandiwa
Children(2) Emmanuel Jr, Victor
OccupationSenior Pastor and Prophet

Emmanuel Makandiwa is a popular and controversial self proclaimed prophet who founded an interdenominational church in 2008 which later became a fully functional church in 2010. He was formally pastor in the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) Church. Makandiwa has hogged the media's limelight with his controversial miracles ranging from manhood enlargement to changing people's HIV statuses as well as causing the birth of baby three day old pregnancy.[1] He became the first person to fill up the National Sports Stadium in April 2011.[2]


Emmanuel Makandiwa was born Shingirai Chirume on 25 December 1977 to Lilian Makandiwa.[3] His family eked a living through farming.[3] He grew up in Muzarabani. Both his parents were elders in the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe Church in Muzarabani. He attended Zengeza High School in Chitungwiza for his secondary education. After completing his secondary education, he returned to Muzarabani. He is married to Ruth Makandiwa.[3] He has two sons, Emmanuel and Victor.

Career as a Pastor

Having being born in a Christian family, Makandiwa used to be part of the team which organised gospel crusades and was one of the preachers.[3] He came back to Harare and was enrolled at the A.F.M’s Living Waters Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Diploma in Theology in 2002. Makandiwa claimed that before he graduated he was called in a vision by God in 1995.[4]

After graduating, Makandiwa went to Matabeleland where he worked as an assistant pastor under the supervision of Reverend Aspher Madziyire (who was once the President of AFM). He was then assigned to be the pastor of an Assembly in Shangani. In 2004, he was transferred to How Mine and subsequently to Hebron Assembly in Chitungwiza.[3] In August 2008, Makandiwa launched UFIC drawing the attention of many people. His sermons were screened on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television.[3]

Departure from AFM

It was allegedly reported that Makandiwa was devoting much of his time to his newly formed inter-denominational church (United Family Interdenominational Church) neglecting his duties at his Chitungwiza assembly. Those in the executive interim of AFM gave Makandiwa two options either to remain with AFM or to be with UFIC. As anticipated he chose the latter. In 2010, Makandiwa renamed UFIC to United Family International Church (UFIC) in 2010.[3]

Controversial Miracles

  • Miracle Baby

In November 2012, there was a miracle baby which was born after a certain Chitungwiza woman who had an encounter with Makandiwa got pregnant and delivered a baby within three days of conception. The woman claimed that she had normal menstrual periods which ended on 15 November 2012. On 18 November 2012, the couple went to the UFIM and when Makandiwa was praying for female congregates whose pregnancies had complications, he then declared that there was to be a miracle pregnancy which was to be delivered within a space of hours, days and weeks. The prophecy came to pass but the baby died mysteriously.[5]

  • Miracle Money

At one point, Makandiwa also performed a miracle that saw some of his followers miraculously having money in their pockets and bank accounts.This ignited a heated debate with Gideon Gono who was the then Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.[6] A press conference was held which was addressed by Makandiwa, Uebert Angel and Gono, Makandiwa and Angel argued that the miracle was based on restoration and not on creation of money.[7]

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  • Manhood Enlargement

In 2014 at his Judgment Night 2 all night, he performed a miracle for a Namibian man who wanted his manhood to be enlarged. The man stated that he had come to Chitungwiza because he was failing to marry because of his small manhood.[8]

  • Anointing Oil

In 2014, Makandiwa launched what he termed 'miracle-working anointing oil' which was meant to pave the way for the economic advancement of his followers. He had earlier predicted an economic boom for the country that would changed the lives of the Zimbabweans for the better.[9]

Corruption Allegations

In 2012, Makandiwa’s was implicated in a corruption scandal for illegally purchasing two stands in Chitungwiza working in cohorts with Jemina Gumbo who was the director of a certain housing scheme. It was reported that the Council had approved the construction of a stadium and hotel on those two stands that were allocated to Makandiwa.[10]

Makandiwa and Politics

Although Makandiwa has never publicly announced his political affiliations, speculations are rife that he is aligned to the Robert Mugabe's led Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). On 1 March 2011, Makandiwa officiated the launch of the Zanu-PF's anti-sanctions campaign and signed the petition against the travel restrictions imposed on by the European Union (EU) on Mugabe and other members of ZANU-PF. Some religious leaders who also signed the petition include Nolbert Kunonga, Trevor Manhanga, and Paul Mwazha. He also hails Mugabe highly.[11]

Mass Wedding Ceremony

Makandiwa conducted a massive wedding ceremony in November 2014 contravening the government's directive which disallowed such ceremonies as it was noted that the facility was being exploited by foreign nationals who entered into marriages of convenience with locals so that they could get Zimbabwean citizenship. The mass wedding ceremony was also heavily criticized by traditionalists who argued that it was against tradition to wed people during the month of November.[12]

Makandiwa a fake prophet?

Makandiwa was also under siege from a group of Ghanaian prophets who made sensational claims accusing Makandiwa using charms to perform his dubious and controversial miracles. These prophets also stated that they were intending to court Mugabe to ban Makandiwa running his church.[13] Leo Mugabe also allegedly supported these prophets arguing that Makandiwa failed to heal his mother, Bridget Mugabe who spent about 4 years in a comma.[14] In the wake of this, some people began to question the authenticity of Makandiwa's healing powers as well as the power of those self proclaimed prophets who emerged in the country around 2012. Another South African prophet claimed that Makandiwa and Uebert Angel received ritual charms from their spiritual father Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng who hails from Ghana.[15] The prophet also made the headlines when he was said to have threatened to walk on Kariba waters to prove his critics wrong.


In one of prophet Makandiwa’s healing sessions on November 12, 2010, a 66-year-old woman, Rhoda Mafungautse died after having travelled from Chinhoyi to have her leg healed. Eyewitnesses present said Rhoda limped off to death after the prophet had attempted to perform one of his “miracles” on her.

Prophet Makandiwa Sermon Videos

Sermon: Power of the Tongue, August 2014

Sermon: Skills December 2014

Sermon: Married To A Fool, January 2013

Best moments in Prophecy Video Clibs

Sermon: Wrong Connections, May 2013

Sermon,: Discipleship

Sermon: Friendships, 2014

Sermon: Anointing Oil of Joy 2015

Sermon: Resisting Resistance 1, 2014

Sermon: Resisting Resistance 2, 2014

Possessing the promises. The power of Sin Part 1, 2014

Possessing the promises. The power of Sin Part 2, 2014

Business Interests

Apart from being a "Prophet", Makandiwa is also a businessman. In the last quarter of 2014, it was rumored that Makandiwa purchased a gold mine from a Chinese firm, Ming Chang for US $1,3 million which he was given by a certain local bank.[16] A consortium company trading under the name Havillah Gold is also believed to belong to Makandiwa as it is run by a group of directors who are all members of Makandiwa's church. Makandiwa uses the Sterkinekor’s franchise locally and in Zambia.[16]

Philanthropic Activities

Makandiwa built a house for Chief Kasekete Changara of Mashonaland Central.[17] It was also reported that Makandiwa contributed immensely to the construction of an orphanage run by Grace Mugabe in Mazowe.[17]

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  11. Makandiwa hails President, The Herald, Published: January 5, 2015, Retrieved:January 6, 2015
  12. Nyemudzai Kakore Makandiwa in trouble over mass wedding, Nehanda Radio, Published: December 2, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2014
  13. Ghana pastors vow to report Makandiwa to Mugabe, want UFIC banned, Nehanda Radio, Published: February 9, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  14. I dragged Makandiwa to see Bridget Mugabe: Leo admits, Nehanda Radio, Published: January 22, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  15. Itai Mushekwe Pastor alleges Prophets Makandiwa and Angel received ritual charms, Nehanda Radio, Published: July 1, 2013, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  16. 16.0 16.1 Makandiwa acquires gold mine, Nehanda Radio, Published: August 18, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Z. Murwira, Makandiwa Hands Over House to Chief,The Herald, published:6 Jun 2012,retrieved:25 Jun 2015"