18 Zimbabweans Injured in Stampede To See "Prophet"

Congregants who attended the Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa-led Sunday service at the City Sports Centre told Radio VOP that 18 worshippers were injured as they rushed to attend the church service which was presided over by Prophet Makandiwa.

Parishioners said the injured worshippers were taken to hospital by ambulances for treatment and Prophet Makandiwa later addressed the congregation on Sunday afternoon.

Prophet Makandiwa had been out of the country for almost a month where he was reportedly meeting his spiritual father in the United Kingdom.

Worshippers said he told the congregation that he returned to Zimbabwe on Friday. The charismatic prophet did not attempt to respond to media reports alleging that he had fled away in the wake of reports that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) was investigating him over his church’s system which runs short message services (SMS).

The SMS system allows Prophet Makandiwa’s followers to receive devotional messages from the popular evangelist.

According to the church’s website, the United Family International (UFI) Ministries, the evangelist is being used by God mightily to transform people’s lives and has changed a great deal of people’s lives through his preaching and teachings.

Makandiwa draws huge crowds at his church services and about 35 000 congregants attend each session of the weekly prayer services.