Harare – A series of recordings, letters and documents seen by the Mail & Telegraph appears to absolve charismatic preacher, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa of any wrong doing or involvement in a sensational kidnapping and abuse case reported widely earlier today.
A report, carried by public owned but state operated newspaper the Herald, claimed that the leader of the United Family International Church was believed to be the owner of Havilah Gold Mine in Mutoko, where five men were reportedly kidnapped and tortured for allegedly stealing gold ore.
The five, Lloyd Sande (24), Godknows Mhungu (21), Bornface Mudzonga (29), Julius Mudzonga (age not given) and Clever Masango (20) were employed at the mine, when gold ore was lost in a heist in December.
Assailants purporting to be police officers, and at times members of the intelligence services reportedly tortured the group, and even electrocuted them.
A company name search with the registrar of companies however did not return any connection between Makandiwa and Havilah mine.
The directors of the company (names witheld) are not known associates of Makandiwa and no links could be found between them and any of Makandiwa’s other businesses.
An approach to the registered directors of the company yielded further contradictory information.
According to video evidence of interrogations of the group of five, in their narrations, a single heist did not occur on the 17th of December last year, but several employees stole varying amounts of gold ore on different dates.
Attempts to get a comment from the lawyers behind a letter that claimed Makandiwa owned the said mine were fruitless.
Makandiwa’s office declined to comment on the report.
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