PROMINENT preacher Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has been questioned by police investigating the alleged theft of a mobile phone.
The prosperity gospel crowd magnet, who leads the United Family International Church, said police were following up on a complaint by a man from Seke in Chitungwiza.
"He told police he gave me a phone in the hope that would unlock blessings, but his life had not changed," Makandiwa told a church conference at Belvedere Teachers' College in Harare on Wednesday night.
"What he doesn't know is that at the same time he was making his complaint, I had three buckets full of phones at my house. When some people were coming to me with financial problems, I would just pick a phone and tell them to sell it and raise money."
Makandiwa did not name his accuser, but he hinted that police had since dropped the investigation.
It is not unusual for Makandiwa's followers to offer their life savings, cars and property as "seed", but it is not believed the wealthy preacher ever gets to see these which are collected by his church's finance department.
"Our finance director, ever since he got there, he has never seen me in his office. That's a principle, you must have financial integrity," Makandiwa said.
Makandiwa was a guest speaker at a five-day conference organised by Apostle Tavonga Vutabwashe's Heartfelt International Ministries being held under the theme 'Marketplace Breakthrough Summit'.
He made the revelations about the phone while discussing offerings and gifts to church ministers.
"The problem with church people is that they come every time and eat, come every time and receive but they offer nothing back. A doctor would tell you that continuous eating without releasing will result in constipation," he told a crowd of about 600 worshippers who included trainee student teachers.
He recalled one incident when he bought his "spiritual father", the Ghanaian Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng, five pairs of shoes.
"When I took them to him, he said 'son, this is rubbish. Take them back and claim your money'," Makandiwa said.
He said the rejection of the gift was "prophetic" as his "papa" was prodding him to make a substantial payback for "blessings" he had received from him. Newzimbabwe