reprinted from Into Zimbabwe

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church (UFIC) has launched a housing scheme, dubbed the Promised Land, in Chitungwiza.

The scheme will see over 200 UFIC parishioners taking up stands in the dormitory town’s Nyatsime area. Chairman of the Promised Land Housing Scheme, Reginald Msika, confirmed that the project would benefit members of the church. The stands are being sold for USD1,130 each.

According to Msika, the piece of land on which the project will be rolled out is privately owned. Other members of the church have already been mobilised to pool resources for the purchase of the property. “We are in the process of buying a privately-owned piece of land in Nyatsime. And after we have fully paid for it, we will start to develop it ourselves,” he explained.

A pastor at the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the existence of the housing scheme but was quick to point out that it is not ‘centrally-run’ by UFIC.

“As a ministry, we do not have direct control over the co-operative. However, I know of that co-operative,” he said. “There is nothing unusual about it. It is just like any other co-operative where members come together to buy themselves houses and stands.”

The housing scheme has a slogan: “Receive your prophecy mwana wemuporofita (prophet’s child).”