By Charlie Madondo|
The government is investigating charges that United Family International Church (UFIC) head Emmanuel Makandiwa violated the law when he conducted a ‘mass wedding’ of more than 600 couples in Harare at the weekend, state media reported.
Quoting unnamed sources in Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede’s office, the Herald said Makandiwa was in breach of a 2012 edict banning mass weddings. The paper said the regulation was aimed at preventing what it termed “illegal marriages of convenience” between locals and foreigners.
“We are interested in knowing what happened on Sunday at that church,” the paper’s source said, claiming Mudede would address the media soon on the issue.
Traditionalists attacked the clergyman for conducting the ‘wedding’ in November which, according to some local customs, is a taboo month for marriage rituals. An online poll of nearly 400 people showed that a majority – more than 81 percent – felt Makandiwa was wrong to blatantly go against the custom.
Some say the preacher, who calls himself a ‘prophet’, must be hauled before a traditional court and fined. The belief by some traditionalists is that if this is not done, the ‘gods’ will punish the whole community by withholding rain.
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