THE mansion of Bishop Joseph Imakando brings forth a very interesting topic, of how those in the business of ministry have prioritise their comfort yet their congregants remain extremely poor.
Interesting, the lives of Bishops, Pastors and Prophets or Prophetesses are largely sustained by the the contributions of Church goers, in form of tithes, offering and ‘sowed seeds’.
It has remained very unclear how these contributions are ultilised by Churches because, very little is made public or rather known even by the Church members of various churches. We would be surprised of the findings if all churches were audited by credible institutions.
In saying this, we want to point out that, the current make up of our churches and their leaders is unpleasant. Over 95 per cent of the people who congregate at Imakandu’s 10,000 capacity Church are poor, struggling to afford three decent meals a day yet on Sundays, they carry with them Two Kwachas, Three -Four and Five Kwacha to go and donate to church because, they are being told to give and they shall receive.
Of course, a desparate person wouldn’t hesitate to listen to even fallacious pronouncements by their pastors.
In saying this, the mansion of Imakando, good as it looks is an embarrasing to anyone who is conscious enough to realise that no sane person can be joyous over owning such a luxurious property when those who they lead are poor.
This we can confidently say because we know Imakandu has made his fortunes from the very contributions his congregants make. He has invested in a frieght of buses furrying people as far as Chibombo, merely for him to get the very contributions his congregants make which he very much needs. What has Imakandu got to show for all those offerings from a 10,000 capacity Church which holds Four services a every Sunday? How much monies does he make just in one session – of course it’s a lot, it justifies his mansion.
This is no different from thievery, it’s capitalism of the highest order. The food of dogs that Imakandu own, is better than the food of most of his followers – but the edicts of gospel dispise Capitalism, and Jesus Christ was a Socialist who found pleasure in sharing and living an ordinary life. He held power, than our so-called prophets yet he lived like a person of last standing in society.
Imakandu, and many of these Pastorprenuers are just parasites who steal from poor people.