Emmanuel Makandiwa
Emmanuel Makandiwa
BornMuzarabani, Mashonaland Central Province
EducationZengeza High School, Living Waters Theological Seminary
OccupationReligious Leader, Businessman
Years active1993 - present
OrganizationUnited Family Interdenominational Church
Known forPreaching, Prophecies, Healing
Notable workMiracles Money, Miracle Baby, miracles
Home townMuzarabani
TelevisionCHRIST TV
Spouse(s)Ruth Makandiwa

Emmanuel Makandiwa is a popular and controversial self proclaimed prophet who is also the founder of United Family Inter-denominational Church (UFIC) in 2008 which was renamed United Family International Ministries 2012. He was formally pastor in the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) Church. Makandiwa hogged the media limelight a few years after the formation of UFIC 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. He became the first person to fill up the National Sports Stadium in April 2011.


Makandiwa was born Shingirai Chirume in December 1977. Hi family eked a living through farming. He grew up in the Muzabani. Both his parents were elders in the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe Church in Muzarabani. He did his secondary education in Chitungwiza at Zengeza High school. After completing secondary education, he returned back to Muzarabani. He got married to Ruth Makandiwa in 2000.

Career as a Pastor

Having being born in a Christian family, Makandiwa used to be part of the team which organised gospel crusades and he also preached. He came 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 argued that before he graduated he was called in a vision by God in 1995.[1]

After graduating, Makandiwa went to Matabeleland where he worked as an assistant pastor under the supervision of Reverend Aspher Madziyire (who was the then 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. In August 2008, Makandiwa launched UFIC drawing the attention of many people. His sermons were screened on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television.

Departure from AFM

It a allegedly reported that Makandiwa was no devoting mot of hi time at UFIC neglecting his duties at his Chitungwiza assembly. Thoe in he eecutive interim of AFM gave Makandiwa to option,either to remain with AFM or to be with UFIC. As anticipated he chose the latter which was renamed United Family International Ministries (UFIM) in 2010. This signalled the merging of the United Family Inter-denominational Ministries and the United Family International Church.

Controversial Miracles

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 her death after the prophet had attempted to perform one of his “miracles” on her.

  • Manhood Enlargement

Makandiwa has performed many miracles up to date which increased his popularity. At one service he performed a manhood enlargement miracle on a man who had come from Namibia. The man stated that he had come to Chitungwiza because he was failing to marry because of his small manhood.[2]

  • Miracle Baby

One Chitungwiza woman fell pregnant and gave birth within three days after Makandiwa had made a prophesy about this. The woman together with her husband confirmed the miracle live on Radio Zimbabwe in 2012. The woman claimed that she had normal menstrual periods which ended on 15th November 2012. On the 18 November 2012, the couple went to the UFIC 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. From that day onwards, the woman claimed that she began to experience some signs of labour pains on her back and on the belly until the third day when she gave birth.[3]

  • Miracle Money

At one point Makandiwa performed a miracle that saw some congregates founding themselves clutching money and pieces of gold and diamonds.[4]. Some of his followers argued that they found money deposited in their accounts. This ignited a heated argument with the then Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono who was of the view that such miracles breached the countries laws.

  • Miracle Gold

Corruption Allegations

In the first months of 2012, Makandiwa’s name was mentioned during the investigation of a case against Chitungwiza housing director Jemina Gumbo. According to the state, Gumbo allocated two stands to UFIM on November 7, 2008 and another one on July 8, 2011. Council had approved the construction of a stadium and hotel on the two stands. As of April 2012, UFIM followers continued buying up stands in Chitungwiza. Chairman of the Promised Land Housing Scheme, Reginald Msika, confirmed that the project would benefit members of the church.

After the wide publication of these miracles, a press conference was held which was addressed by Makandiwa, Uebert Angel and Gono himself. Makandiwa and Angel argued that the miracle was based on restoration and not on creation of money.[5]

  • Anointing Oil

In 2014 Makandiwa launched what he termed 'miracle-working anointing oil' which was meant to pave 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. He also said the oil would bring glory that is supposed to accompany the Easter resurrection of Jesus Christ to his followers.[6]

Makandiwa and Politics

Makandiwa has never openly supported any political party in Zimbabwe. However, a number of events in his life link him to the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front Party. On March 1, 2011, Emmanuel Makandiwa officiated at the launch of the Zanu-PF anti-sanctions campaign and signed the petition against the travel restrictions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and [Zanu-PF] members. Makandiwa became one of several high-profile religious leaders to join the anti-sanctions campaign. Others include the Anglican faction leader Nobert Kunonga, Pentecostal Assembly of Zimbabwe’s Trevor Manhanga, and African Apostolic Church leader Paul Mwazha. The prophet also seems to have a love hate relationship with politicians. He was once quoted "warning politicians from meddling in church affairs otherwise they would be fighting the will of God. Makandiwa told his congregants that

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

[7] Makandiwa was also quoted in the media as having made claims that president Robert Mugabe was a God chosen leader who had stood resolutely against imperialism. He was alleged to have said

We are where we are now because our leaders have been able to safeguard our culture and values. A President who upholds the values of a nation is important. We cannot sacrifice our values because of a loan. Imi muchataura neni pave paya. Muchazondiudza kuti tavafunga VaMugabe vaye. So be very careful when you make decisions. To those countries homosexuality is a right that they have claimed our President is abusing. But is it really about rights because an innocent person out there is being made to suffer (because of sanctions). If its about violating human rights who is not violating them . . . don’t you (the West) have torture camps out there where you are torturing people and people are disappearing.[8]

His political allegiance has nonetheless been a closely guarded secret as he seems to take a middle of the road policy.


Makandiwa has been the centre of much controversy in the media. The prophet conducted a mass wedding ceremony which was apparently in contravention of the governments directive to put a stop to mass weddings as 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 criticised by traditionalists who argued that it was against tradition to wed people during the month of November.[9] Makandiwa was also under siege from a group of Ghanian prophets who made sensational claims to the effect that Makandiwa used charms to perform dubious miracles. The Ghanaians were even said to be intending to court the president Robert Mugabe to step in and ban Makandiwa from performing his miracles and running a church.[10] One of the pastors only identified as Ajoba was quoted as having said

We hear he was given occultic charms and power, to perform bizarre miracles and make his church grow, and because the whole thing is evil and spiritual one cannot present tangible evidence, that is why false prophets get away with it. We thank God, because time will always act as a revealer. In the case of Makandiwa, those who join his church are blinded and will find it difficult to leave, because their spirits have been trapped. Usually people who do this, bring coffins inside the church with real dead bodies, but the simple human eye cannot see them, because it is devilish. Churches of this nature can have up to three coffins, displayed inside at every corner, and they remain there as powers are renewed. In reality ritual killing would have occurred. Only through the Holy Spirit’s special gifts can one’s eyes be opened to see into the mysterious supernatural realm. It is only God who reveals secrets, and we believe, the time is up for fake prophets in Africa. Zimbabwe and Ghana have something special to share because Mugabe had stayed in Ghana during his exile years, and had also married “our daughter”. This is the bond we share until today. So we want to have a talk with the president, and implore him to rid the country of dangerous churches belonging to the synagogue of satan. Your country is the land of the Holy Spirit, that is why everyone in Africa is envious, because you are your own masters.[10]

Leo Mugabe was quoted in the media saying that despite Makandiwa's alleged healing powers, they had failed to heal Bridget Mugabe. Bridget, sister to president Mugabe had spent close to four years in a coma, this forced Leo Mugabe to consult many prophets chief among them Emmanuel Makandiwa but to no avail.[11] This has led some sections of the public to question the authenticity of not only Makandiwa's healing powers, but others as well. Apart from Makandiwa being accused of using black magic to perform his miracles, there was also another South African prophet who actually claimed that Emmanuel Makandiwa and his best friend Prophet Uerbet Angel both received ritual charms from their spiritual father Ghanaian Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng.[12] The prophet also made the headlines when he was said to have threatened to walk on Kariba waters to prove his critics wrong.

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

In late 2014, it was rumoured that Makandiwa had acquired a gold mine which he was said to have taken over from a Chinese firm, Ming Chang. The mining operations were taken over by Makandiwa at an estimated cost of usd1,3 million, which was facilitated by a local bank. The consortium trading under the name Havillah Gold was said to be run by a group of directors who were all members of Makandiwa's church. The operations were also said to have gone full throttle with the workforce being increased from an initial number of 23 to over 250.[13] It has also been speculated that Makandiwa has many other business interests both locally and internationally. Among some of the properties that are said to be owned by Makandiwa include Sterkinekor’s franchise locally and in Zambia. Emmanuel Makandiwa also owns a controlling stake in a company listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange as Radar. One of his congregants, Elias Hwenga is a director of the aforementioned companies.

Philanthropic Activities

It became widely known in April 2012 that Makandiwa was building a house for Chief Kasekete Changara of Mashonaland Central. It is believed that Chief Sekete administers the area in which Makandiwa grew up in the Muzarabani. In 2012, the fist lady Grace Mugabe named a child after Makandiwa and some speculated that the religious leader had contributed towards the Grace Mugabe Foundation which administers and orphanage and schools in the Mazowe area.

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  2. ,Prophet Makandiwa performs miracle ‘manhood’ enlargement, Nehanda Radio, Published: 5 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 6 May 2014
  3. From Miracle Money to Miracle Babies, Nehanda Radio, Published: 4 Feb 2013, Retrieved: 6 May 2014
  4. Gold ‘rains’ at Makandiwa service, NewsDay, Published: 21 Jan 2013, Retrieved: 6 May 2014
  5. The curious case of miracle money, The Herald, Published: 27 Dec 2013,Retrieved: 6 May 2014
  6. Prophet Makandiwa unveils miracle anointing oil, Bulawayo 24, Published: 22 Apr 2014, Retrieved: 6 May 2014
  7. Ndakaziva Majaka Makandiwa warns politicians, Daily News, Published: January 2, 2015, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  8. Makandiwa hails President, The Herald, Published: January 5, 2015, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  9. Nyemudzai Kakore Makandiwa in trouble over mass wedding, Nehanda Radio, Published: December 2, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ghana pastors vow to report Makandiwa to Mugabe, want UFIC banned, Nehanda Radio, Published: February 9, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  11. I dragged Makandiwa to see Bridget Mugabe: Leo admits, Nehanda Radio, Published: January 22, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  12. Itai Mushekwe Pastor alleges Prophets Makandiwa and Angel received ritual charms, Nehanda Radio, Published: July 1, 2013, Retrieved: January 6, 2015
  13. Makandiwa acquires gold mine, Nehanda Radio, Published: August 18, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2014