Controversial businessman Phillip Chiyangwa wants to become a pastor.
Chiyangwa has long standing wishes to be made a clergyman.
He offloaded this desire to Hear The Word church founder Tom Deuschle who told him, “You need to be established in Christianity first,” our source said.
During the series of events in which Chiyangwa repeatedly begged for the privileged uplift, he had spent a little over three weeks of regular church attendance.
The whole incident occurred around 1995 and the revelation comes as Mr Chiyangwa’s daughter, Stephanie started her own church organisation in the United Kingdom, soon after swindling UK residents of their hard earned money in November 2013 when she made people pay hundreds of pounds each for a function she claimed she was launching a book she had written and Econet boss Strive Masiyiwa would attend but it was all false.
She is also known for making threats on Zimbabweans in the UK telling them to watch their future. She has also fired threats at ZimEye journalists over a story which revealed how her father recently obtained a dodgy doctorate degree certificate in the Philippines. “You wrote an article saying my father … is a bogus person,why did you write that story? … You must care about your future,” she randomly shouted a few days before her function held on the 2nd November 2013.
This time Stephanie has started her own church ministry calling it Stephanie Chiyangwa Ministries. On her website, she has a list of functions it says she will be preaching. In photos she is seen in gatherings “ministering” to small crowds. When confronted with criticism, Stephanie rushed to defend herself saying she has not started a church at all but has launched a para church.
“I am not starting a church,” Stephanie who herself does not attend church, said in what has been alleged to be a frantic attempt to ward off negativity.
Meanwhile, in February 2013, Spirit Embassy founder Prophet Uebert Angel praised the flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa for the instrumental role he played in his return to Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom where he had been staying as a penniless pastor. Chiyangwa had attended a Spirit Embassy church service as he celebrated his belated 54th birthday when he was showered with praises by Prophet Angel.
“Today, we have Dr Chiyangwa, he has chosen to celebrate his birthday with us, my wife and I have known him from when we were still in the United Kingdom and he has played a crucial role for our return to Zimbabwe,” the now self-exiled prophet said then.