THE MILLIONAIRE COUPLE TAKING ON MAKANDIWA | This is the millionaire Harare couple who say they have been robbed of about $1 million by Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.
Upenyu Mashangwa and his wife Blessing, are demanding the over $1 million they paid in tithes, offerings and other contributions to the church. The row erupted last year after the Mashangwa couple left UFIC and rejoined Celebration Church.
The bad blood between Prophet Makandiwa and the Mashangwa couple then reached fever pitch on February 2, 2017 when a Facebook page titled “The Truth About Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa” published a piece ‘Truth Commission Part4” in which five people who left Ufic church were described as those “who dine with the devil”.
The article, according to the Mashangwa couple could have mentioned some of issues which were discussed privately with Prophet Makandiwa.
“If Prophet Makandiwa was not aware of the Facebook page why were some of the issues discussed in private mentioned? Who could have written that article or who was the source of information? ,” said Mrs Mashangwa.“People who were attacked on ‘The truth about Prophet Makandiwa’ were big givers and this explains that someone in Ufic was not happy about our departure. That person can only be Makandiwa”
Mrs Mashangwa then wrote to Prophet Makandiwa on February 7, 2017 expressing displeasure over “unprovoked” attacks on her person.
In part her letter reads, “After serving you diligently for five years, the least I expect is for our end to be filled with this controversy and backlash.
“After seeing what was written on a page that so obvious it is administered by your office, I have had the time to reflect on my journey with you. I feel it’s about time you know; I feel you have robbed us, taken us for granted and afflicted pain on us. With all the commitment and love we had for you, you shouldn’t have betrayed us.
“It’s unfortunate those who are powerful believe they can oppress the weak. I believe in one principle of life which always stand; after all the good we did in Ufic, you can never repay good with evil and win.”
Due to the sour grapes between the couple and the Ufic leader, the Oceane Collection Perfumes owner has since indicated that she wants her money back from the church.
UFIC spokesman Pastor Prime Kufa who is also Prophet Makandiwa’s right handman, wrote to Mrs Mashangwa on February 13, 2017 promising to pay back her money if she produced receipts of her tithes, offerings and other contributions spanning between 2011 and 2016.
Pastors Kufa and Tawanda Makandiwa, who is Prophet Makandiwa’s younger brother, met Mrs Mashangwa on February 13, 2017 to discuss how the latter would be repaid her money amounting to over US$1 million. Part of Pastor Kufa’s undertaking reads, “However, the prophet has instructed us to pay you back as you demand to ensure that you are satisfied and feel fully recompensed.”
According to Mrs Mashangwa, Prophet Makandiwa’s emissary promised to pay her up in full but to date nothing has been paid.
The Sunday Mail was shown the Mashangwa couple’s receipts of their contributions to Ufic in which they were forking out at least US$24 000 per month in tithes, US$4 500 in ‘partnership with the Prophet’ and US$1 500 in charity contributions.
Further, the couple also made ‘other’ payments to Ufic amounting to over US$100 000, for instance, on June 30, 2011 under Ufic receipt number 141009, the Mashangwa couple paid US$10 000 towards the purchase of the state-of-the-art public announcement (PA) system while on October 7, 2011 they paid US$15 000 towards ‘conference contributions’ recorded under Ufic receipt number 239656 and on December 4, 2011, the couple parted with 100 000 South African Rands in thanksgiving.
In response on Wednesday last week, Pastor Kufa said Prophet Makandiwa never promised to pay back the Mashangwa couple.
He said despite the Mashangwas’ departure from Ufic, things were still going on well as Prophet Makandiwa in his capacity as a businessman was the biggest financial partner for the church.