United Family International Church founder Emmanuel Makandiwa’s wife Ruth was on Friday expected to launch the organisation’s annual women’s conference amid mass defections by church members.
Ufic members have been crossing the floor to join Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, according to church sources.
The defections were triggered by allegations that Makandiwa had acquired voodoo from Ghana to boost his spiritual powers, charges he denies. The allegations were never proved after a group of Ghanaian pastors making the allegations were barred from visiting Zimbabwe in April, when they wanted to ‘prove’ their claims.
Makandiwa was also forced to publicly deny charges that he was looting church funds. His spokesman then revealed that the former Apostolic Faith in Zimbabwe junior pastor was now a big businessman, having acquired a controlling stake in the ZSE-listed Radar Holdings, among other concerns.
Ruth Makandiwa, however, appeared unfazed by the controversies this week.
In a statement, Ruth Makandiwa promised a “spiritual banquet” to those coming to attend the City Sports Centre event billed the Victorious Ladies Convention.
“The Lord has prepared a spiritual banquet for his daughters,” she said. “I certainly assure you that with what God has in store for you, your life can never remain the same. Victory certainly belongs to us.”
High-profile speakers lined up for the event included Anita Kusi Boateng, wife of prominent Ghanaian preacher Victor Kusi Boateng.
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