6 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Gono Okays Miracle Money, Says No Law Violated

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe says prophets Emmanuel Makandiwa and Uebert Angel's miracle money wonders are not in violation of any financial laws in the country. RBZ governor Dr Gideon Gono told a Press conference attended by the two prophets that the central bank was charged with enforcing earthly laws and had a limited understanding of the spiritual realm.

Prophets Makandiwa and Angel have of late taken the nation by storm through performing numerous miracles after declaring that a Christian revival was sweeping across the country and bringing with it miracles.

Congregants reportedly receive miracle money in their pockets, instantly lose weight, have hair covering bald heads and their missing teeth replaced, while gold dust and other precious minerals fall during church services.

Some people have been urging the RBZ to investigate the miracle money, arguing that it could be in violation of financial laws.

But Dr Gono said his office was only concerned "about the creation of conditions whereupon there could be misunderstanding on money laundering and financing of terrorism".

"When they started talking about miracle money, I said asi kwava nomumwe governor here," he said.

"Then came the issue of gold dust and other minerals, tikati aizve, zvingaite sei? There was a lot of debate.

"It is against that background that we got together to appreciate where we come from. There is no contradiction to what they have been doing and saying and the laws we observe. We are concerned about creation of conditions whereupon there could be misunderstanding on money laundering and financing of terrorism.

"Whatever the two men of God are doing is not in violation of those. We have perfectly understood one another. There is no violation of the nature we are afraid of."

Dr Gono said it was obvious that the last weeks were dominated by issues to do with the word of God, signs, miracles and wonders, which are outside the realm of understanding by man.

"We, as the central bank, came in to give our views concerning their work. They belong to the spiritual realm, we are charged with ensuring that earthly laws are observed, implemented and monitored."

Dr Gono said there was no denial that issues to do with miracles and wonders were confusing many people. He said there was no animosity between him and the two prophets.

"There are no fights at all, but where there is no dialogue, it becomes fertile ground for misunderstanding," Dr Gono said.

The central bank chief said it was never the intention of RBZ to stop the prophets from performing miracles, but to "alert them of certain dangers".

Dr Gono dismissed the belief in some quarters that allowing miracle money would negatively impact on money supply.

"There is no growth in broad money supply to come from the blessed men's activities," Dr Gono said.

Prophets Makandiwa and Angel said they would continue working for God and more miracles would follow them as signs and wonders to confirm his word.

"I respect you (Dr Gono). Such an arrangement (meeting) clears a lot of mist and a lot of misunderstanding," said Prophet Makandiwa.

"We thank God we have had a fruitful conversation. We have made ourselves clear on how we operate. As you have said, there are laws that are there to be observed.

Looking at how God operates, we have not been successful in putting God in a box and teach him to behave. It has been a very difficult thing. When we pray things happen."

Prophet Makandiwa said God loved Zimbabwe and that explained why certain miracles were happening to manifest himself.

"We will continue praying for the nation," he said.

"As prophets, we will continue respecting the authorities. Our prayer is for every citizen to experience God. It is like we are ambassadors from a different realm.

"We represent the spiritual dimension. Sometimes we might have to demonstrate it here and there that there is a kingdom we represent. It has been made clear, we are in the right track."

Prophet Angel said there was no way man could explain how God works.

"We serve a God where we do not need to explain the chemical composition of miracles," he said.

"I serve a God who concentrates on miracles. We are dealing with spiritual things and he (Dr Gono) deals with earthly matters.

"We will continue doing God's work. We will continue doing miracles. I am happy we are not contradicting the laws of the land."

Prophet Angel said it was God producing miracle money and dismissed any assertions to the contrary.

"I am not doing it," he said.

"It is God doing it. The governor has understood that. God is able to do the extraordinary. We teach people business as well. We are not trying to make people lazy. We are not crazy.

"It (miracle money) was for exemplary purpose, to show people that it can happen. We have already left that and we are now doing bigger things." Prophet Angel equated disbelieving miracles to "committing religious murder".

"To try to deny a miracle that you see is like religious murder. It is a crime. The miracles are real," he said.

Prophet Angel said they were not making a killing from church offerings and challenged journalists to come and count the money one Sunday.

"Come to my church and do the counting of offerings...you will realise there is nothing to steal," he said.

"That is not how we get money. We are blessed by God."

Prophet Makandiwa leads the United Family International Church, while Prophet Angel is leader of Spirit Embassy church.

The two attract thousands of worshippers to their services.

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