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I CANNOT BE TRIED IN A SECULAR COURT :MAKANDIWA

I CANNOT BE TRIED IN A SECULAR COURT :MAKANDIWA

I CANNOT BE TRIED IN A SECULAR COURT :MAKANDIWA | Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa says secular courts cannot deal with matters of faith, church practice and doctrine.

I CANNOT BE TRIED IN A SECULAR COURT :MAKANDIWA

He said this as he responded to the $6,5 million lawsuit filed against him and his wife by a Harare couple over fake prophecies.The lawsuit was filed at the High Court by businessman, Upenyu Mashangwa and his wife, Blessing.

In their lawsuit, the duo claimed that sometime in 2012, Makandiwa misrepresented in his prophecy that the couple would encounter a “debt cancellation miracle” before encouraging them to continue giving to the church.

Makandiwa and his wife said the Mashangwa’s claims were vague and embarrassing and could not be dealt with by secular courts since they involved issues of faith.

“The plaintiffs’ (Mashangwas) summons and declaration are further excipiable (not allowable) on the grounds that they are vague and embarrassing and the vagueness and embarrassment go to the root cause of the action,” Makandiwa’s lawyer said.

“The plaintiffs did not plead undue influence or duress to influence the paying of varying sums being contributions to any of the defendants (Makandiwas).

“In other words, the plaintiffs are seeking to invite a secular court to enquire into matters of faith and the observance thereof being matters in respect of which a secular court is not equipped to inquire into.”

“In casu (in this case), the draft order as read together with the emphatically doctrinal answering affidavit demonstrates beyond doubt that the court is being invited to be judge in matters of faith, church practice and doctrine … Even such renowned natural lawyers as Saint Thomas Aquinas and perhaps Paul of Tarsus would have considerable difficulty presenting such a case to an ecclesiastical court, let alone a secular court.

“This court is not an ecclesiastical court. It is a secular court of positive law without the means to inquire into matters of faith, church practice and doctrine. It is urged to decline jurisdiction.”

The Mashangwa’s are demanding $1,7 million from Makandiwa, accusing him of recommending a de-registered lawyer, who later reportedly duped them.

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