Charismatic preacher Uebert Angel Mudzanire has confirmed that he owns a Lamborghini — a supercar, which costs nearly $1 million to import into the country.
With a 2012 version of the Lamborghini Aventador priced at USD400,000-plus, it would have cost the “man of God” nearly USD800,000 to land the car in Zimbabwe if a 100 percent duty tariff was applied for the importation of this expensive ride.
By acquiring this car, which can hit a 0-60 kilometres in 2,9 seconds and has a top speed of 350km/hour, Angel joins an elite group of high-rollers, if not car aficionados, such as runaway businessman Frank Buyanga, who also owns a fleet of fast and pricey wheels.
“Have I imported a Lamborghini? I have a Lamborghini. I am not a hypocrite, I tell you what I have,” the Spirit Embassy Church founder told the Daily News on the sidelines of a recent media conference where he and Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa were forced to explain, if not defend, their miracle crusades.
Apart from this, Angel also owns a bluish USD200,000 Bentley coupe, which normally forms part of a five-car cavalcade. In the convoy, which often attracts stares from home fans, there is also a Range Rover Sport, Jaguar and other cars.
With a number of farms and other undisclosed businesses, the 34-year-old preacher was, however, quick to point out that he did not fund his lavish taste with church offerings.
“We have been calling the media to come to church, especially my church. You can come to his [Makandiwa’s] church to count the offerings,” he said, adding journalists could have up to four months for the audit, but “we will obviously put guards because you will steal”.
“You count the tithe yourself, we give you the expenses, then you go and pay, we put people to go with you. Then after that you will realise that there is no money to steal because we are the ones who are sponsoring [the church], we don’t [steal]. It’s not the way we get money,” Angel said.
“We are blessed of God, we don’t (dip our hands into offerings), what offering? $1? The question should be how do you get your money rather than taking money from the people,” the self-styled and Boston University finance graduate said.
Quizzed on exactly how he gets his money, Angel retorted: “I plead the Fifth Amendment; it means I don’t comment (and) that is not what is under discussion here.”