THE UNITED Family International Church (UFIC) has distanced itself from an alleged smear campaign against popular Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder, Prophetic Walter Magaya.
Anyone doing so is pursuing a personal agenda that does not have the blessings of renowned Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa according to UFIC spokesperson, Pastor Prime Kufakunesu.
A PHD official said they are aware of a senior UFI member who has been on a campaign to tarnish the image of Prophet Magaya in a project that also involves the media. While PHD's Pastor Maxwell Tengwana said they would seek Prophet Magaya's green-light to name and shame the individuals, however, our news crew is convinced the implicated individual attends UFI service.
Pastor Tengwana said they were aware of this individual's visit to Waterfalls Police Station last month,which led to a false story that Prophet Magaya was facing murder charges and a recent visit to FOOD WORLD where Denford Mutashu is a boss.
Mutashu recently levelled adultery allegations against Prophet Magaya and the visit by this official last Thursday is being linked to the media articles that followed. However, Pastor Kufakunesu on Sunday night urged Christians to remain rooted in the word of God and not demonise men of God.
"As UFIC we have no reason to fight Prophet Magaya and his ministry and if there is anyone going around claiming to be from us is doing it on his own," said Pastor Kufakunesu.
He added that Prophet Makandiwa had also been attacked from all angles in the early days of UFIC but was not distracted.
"Prophet Makandiwa is known for supporting other ministries to the extent of providing them with the PA system and cannot go against his gospel as a man of God. Prophet Makandiwa can rather be attacked than attack people and from the start he has been receiving such attacks but remained rooted in the word of life.
"He was openly attacked but never retaliated and the attacks drew him closer in hearing what God speaks to him other than what people say about him. If Magaya is being attacked, he is under going what Prophet Makandiwa was experiencing in his ministry and as Christians must remain rooted in what the word of God says. I remember Prophet Magaya was once quoted thanking Prophet Makandiwa for opening the doors for a free gospel that brought captives free and cannot go against him today. It is too far-fetched to say that Prophet Makandiwa is up against PHD neglecting the gospel to the poor, captives and preach good news to the world," said Pastor Kufakunesu.
Meanwhile, Pastor Kufakunesu scoffed at reports that there are some from UFIC fighting to take over his position including journalists. There had been speculations that his position was under threat and there were plans to replace him, especially as the UFI spokesman.
Names touted include that of former Deputy Information minister, Bright Matonga.
"As UFI we are guided by policies not by people's experiences or claims that they can be good churches spokespersons because of their media backgrounds. If I am to be replaced, procedures are to be followed accordingly and the person must not be a novice. I recently received a call from one of media houses asking about Bright Matonga and we strongly suspect someone is being mischievous to spread such rumours. One might come saying I have a background of working with the media or so that does not lure church leadership to consider him or her but his faithfulness and dedication in discharging church assignments for a long period is what counts most," he said.