Nehanda Radio reports, citing The Daily News, that prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa touched down in the country last week and was whisked away in head-of-state style to the City Sports Centre, where his Church United Family Interdenominational Ministries holds its services. 

Prophet Makandiwa is back in Zimbabwe (photo from The Zimbabwean)

It was all smiles from the Church’s faithful, who had waited for more than three weeks to witness the return of their leader. The news that Makandiwa had left the country had triggered panic and palpitations amongst his strong followers, who reacted indifferently to the allegations of the prophet fleeing. The followers, who attended Sunday service, could not hide their joy at their “father’s” return, as they gladly hoisted flags emblazoned with the message “Welcome back Papa.”

Eighteen worshippers were injured as they rushed to attend the church service. Worshippers said he told the congregation that he returned to Zimbabwe last Friday.

The return of Makandiwa provides a sterner test for Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe
POTRAZ, that said it would quiz and/or hand him over to the police for “violating” its rules. POTRAZ officials expressed their satisfaction that Makandiwa was back, as this would help them in their bid to get a full understanding of how the spiritual airtime juice card initiative operated.

One POTRAZ official said that Makandiwa would help them clear the air over the project “as he is seemingly more knowledgeable about the whole issue. For now, we are not going to speak to the media about our findings, not until we engage the responsible entities and discus with them the results,” the official told The Daily News.

About 35,000 congregants usually attend each session of the weekly prayer services led by Makandiwa.