The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Makandiwa Sees Gold Rush

ZIMBABWE is headed for a gold rush that will see people in most parts of the country picking up the precious mineral from the ground as God begins to offer divine solutions to the country's challenges, United Family International Church leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has said.

Ministering to more than 30 000 congregants, who thronged UFIC's Chitungwiza church for a cross over service on New Year's eve, Prophet Makandiwa hinted that lives for most Zimbabweans would soon be transformed for the better stressing that gold and not diamonds, would in the long run become the country's most priced mineral.

"The Lord is setting Zimbabwe free. Divine solutions are coming. The Lord told me 'Tell Zimbabweans to change their focus.' Everyone is saying diamonds, diamonds, but I see another precious mineral for Zimbabwe . . . gold will be picked up from the ground. Mysteriously gold will be appearing everywhere."

"As I was praying I saw a wind blowing and I saw gold coming to the surface. People are going to be picking up gold without any drilling.

"You know what they say about the water table? One has to dig first before accessing water, but with this one there is no drilling needed.

"Those people who have been looked down upon will be picking up gold like they are picking up stones. The Lord told me 'This is for my people'," said the UFIC spiritual father to wild applause.

His sermon on the night was premised on 2 Kings 7 in the bible where the lives of the Israelites were transformed from poverty to plenty in one day after a prophet had spoken a word.

Prophet Makandiwa said countries that have been reluctant to do business with Zimbabwe would soon be lining up to purchase the country's gems.

Canada and the United States, among others, have been at the forefront of demonising the country's diamonds floating all sorts of allegations in a bid to dissuade international buyers from purchasing the gems whose quality is undoubted.

However, Prophet Makandiwa stressed that the country's diamond industry would enjoy more glitter this year.

"Please, I hope you are writing this down. I know that we have not been accepted for the resources that we have, but I see a change in attitude with those countries that have been at the forefront of fighting us opening their hands, ready to receive our diamonds."

The mining sector has over the past three years contributed the most to Zimbabwe's economic recovery ahead of other sectors of the economy.

In 2011, Prophet Makandiwa prophesied that this sector would spearhead economic regeneration ahead of agriculture.

On Tuesday he said projects and businesses would be started this year and jobs would be created in the process, to stem the unemployment scourge that has afflicted the economy.

"Doing business is going to be easier too. I see that people are paying a lot of duty when importing products for resale, but I see the Lord visiting us in that area. I see a certain system dying. God is going to remember us in a special way."

He said people would be so empowered many would import cars that they previously could not.

"You think you have seen congestion. No you have not, keep your eyes open and see what will be happening. Because of the grace coming upon people, driving shall be difficult in Harare."

Prophet Makandiwa urged Christians to pray for the country's leading business people and said one prominent business person would be in hospital battling for life this year.

"Is he able to come out of hospital this year? That is if we pray. If we don't pray it's not just the death of a person but this is hope going . . . so we need to pray."

He also spoke of how "Harare will expire, with another new and beautiful capital city coming up. It's like a garden. As I was praying I even saw the papers and the plan".

He also highlighted that three African countries would experience a recolonisation that they would need to eventually fight to regain their sovereignty. He did not name these.

"I saw three African countries having to fight again for their independence. I saw help going into those nations in the name of help, but God said look again . . . this is colonisation and they will have to fight again. These nations will have to fight against the dragon . . ." said Prophet Makandiwa.

He also said a prominent African football coach would die after attending an international tournament. He would be sick then, but he would not die from the disease. He will be shot dead by someone from within his team.

On the international arena he also prophesied the death of a top European royal figure.

The UFIC New Year's eve service also attracted worshippers from countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, United States, the United Arab Emirates and Australia among others.

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