Lately, church ministers have been parading people who claim to have had large sums of money deposited in their bank accounts whose source cannot be traced.
Both the religious leaders and beneficiaries attribute the unexplainable to prayers hence the title “Miracle Money”.
The million dollar question is whether or not the Miracle Money experience is real?
The phenomenon of miracle money has taken the world in general and Africa in particular by storm.
Church congregants across the world claim to have had considerable amounts credited into their personal accounts and handbags.
In Malawi the Miracle Money experience was first brought to the public’s attention by self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri.
The author attempted to Google the subject “Miracle Money” and miraculously enough the search engine provided me with 65,200,000 results 0.39 seconds
Top of the results was a YouTube link to Onesimus Musik’s video “Miracle Money”, a song that has had a direct impact on euphoria behind Miracle Money.
As the song continues to get more hits online its message has indeed divided the public’s opinion with many saying it is not a gospel piece at all
Malawi is predominantly a Christian society it therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that many people are well aware of the phenomenon but many have doubts on its authenticity
Any currency put into circulation without legal sanction would have negative effects on the economy and the general social life of any nation Malawi inclusive
When Capital FM caught up with the Corporate Affairs Manager of the National Bank of Malawi, Annie Magola, she wondered how money can be deposited into an account without any traceable source.
“As at present, there only two ways which one can deposit money into an account, its either they physically visit the bank or do in on the World Wide Web, National Bank is not aware of any other means other than that.”
The phenomenon is common in most African states in Zimbabwe for instance by two religious leaders, pastors Emmanuel Makandiwa and Uebert Angel parade a lot of people on their TV channels who claim to have had the miracle money experience
The church ministers received a stern warning from the governor of the country’s central bank, Gideon Gono, who said, “Encouraging such practices is a very serious offence under the United Nations Convention on Suppression of Financing of Terrorism (1999), and the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.”