Prophet Uebert Angel raised more than USD 20,000 after auctioning two of his shirts along with a pair of socks at a birthday party held in Harare.

One of the shirts was snapped up for USD10,000 while another went for USD 4,000 after the items received a ringing endorsement from the United Family Interna­tional Church leader, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa. “I know my brother and his taste for style and classy things. But tonight, some of you will go home as proud owners of some of that stuff,” said Makandiwa, the poster boy of “the gospel of prosperity.” “If for instance you buy this pair of socks you will be blessed with the anointing of speed and overtaking.”

Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo, who also attended the party, lost out on Angel’s air rifle after being outbid by another congregant who shelled out USD 5,500, while a pair of socks went for USD1,500.

The proceeds from the auction, which included USD 700 for a necktie, would go to Angel’s purse as “seeds,” the congregants were told.

Launching the auction, Makandiwa told the gathering he had taken the clothing items from Angel’s Harare home. “I had to sneak into the man of God’s bedroom and ‘steal’ some of his most treasured items while he was away at his office. And up to now he did not know where the stuff was.”

A portrait of Angel, Makandiwa and their spiri­tual leader, Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng of Ghana, fetched USD7,500.

Top musicians, who included Oliver Mtukudzi, Charles and Olivia Charamba, the Mahendere Brothers and South African gospel star Sipho Makabane performed at the party.