Uebert Angel Biography: Education, Family, Spirit Embassy, Ambassadorial Role, Business Interests, Al Jazeera Documentary
Meet Uebert Angel – a man of faith, ambition, and achievement. Born Hubert Mudzanire in Zimbabwe in 1978, he would become a religious leader and successful businessman. Uebert’s life has had its share of challenges. He lost his father, Samson Mudzanire, in 2016 and his mother, Rose, in 2021. But through his faith and determination, he has achieved great things.
Uebert Angel Family
Uebet Angel is married to Beverly Angel, who is a prophetess and a director of his businesses. They have four children, Uebert Angel Junior, Levi Henoch Uebert Angel, Seth Uebert Angel, and Jude Eloi Uebert Angel.
A Life of Learning
Uebert’s pursuit of knowledge has been a lifelong journey. He has earned two university degrees in finance, a post-graduate degree in education from the University of Bolton, and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the University of Edinburgh.
Establishing Spirit Embassy
In 2007, Uebert established Spirit Embassy Ministries in Manchester, England, and this would be the start of a spiritual movement that would eventually touch countless lives worldwide. In 2011, he launched Miracle TV, a television station that would spread his message even further.
Uebert Angel Prophetic Predictions And “Miracles”
Angel reportedly predicted the deaths of Joseph Kabui, Michael Jackson, and Margaret Thatcher. He also allegedly resurrected 29 people, although his publicist denied making such a claim. Angel gained popularity for performing the miracle money, where congregants had their bank accounts filled with money. He first performed this in Botswana, where an estimated P2.4 million was raised, and repeated it in South Africa.
The miracle money was not received well in Zimbabwe. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor called a press conference with Angel and Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, who also performed the same miracle. Angel denied creating money but said the prophets restored money that congregants had lost.
Angel came under fire from women’s organisations in 2013 after he reportedly induced a woman into labour by placing his hands on her belly. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she delivered a boy and named him Uebert.
Uebert Angel Appointed Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large
On 17 March 2021, Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed Uebert Angel as Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large for Europe and the Americas to seek trade and investment opportunities. Angel declined a salary for this appointment.
Spirit Embassy Ltd, owned by Angel and his wife Beverly, is a registered company in the UK. Angel also owns other UK-registered companies, such as Spirit Embassy Ministries Limited, Miracle Times TV Limited, Levi House Ltd, Coffee Island (Pvt) Limited, and Black Stallion Limited. Angel has an interest in Brits Money, a bank. Angel is building the 6,400-seater Harare Hippodrome, Zimbabwe’s biggest indoor conference facility. He is also building the Beethoven Hotel next to the Harare Hippodrome, which will have 40 executive rooms upon completion.
In January 2022, it was reported that Angel was selling his private island on Lake Victoria in East Africa, valued at US$4.7 million.
In December 2014, Ndabazinengi Shava accused Angel of defrauding him of US$300,000. Angel denied the allegations and argued that the vehicle belonged to Anderson Tagara, not Shava.
Uebert Angel Accused of Corruption
In February 2023, Uebert’s reputation was questioned when Al Jazeera released a trailer for a documentary alleging his involvement in corruption in Zimbabwe. The full documentary was yet to be released, but the accusations caused a stir.
In March 2023, the Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) wrote to insurance companies asking for information on Ewan Macmillan and Uebert Angel. This was after the duo appeared in snippets of an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption and looting in Zimbabwe, which had not yet been released.
The Al Jazeera documentary called Gold Mafia (the first of four) alleged that Uebert Angel offered to use his diplomatic status to launder millions of dollars through a gold-smuggling scheme. The documentary asserts that gangs have turned Western sanctions into an opportunity to smuggle large quantities of gold and launder hundreds of millions of dollars through a complex web of companies and bribes. Al Jazeera reporters posed as Chinese nationals looking to launder over US$1 billion. The 44-year-old Angel, who claims to be a prophet and heads a congregation — the Good News Church — with branches in 15 countries, his business partner Rikki Doolan, said they could facilitate this.
Central to Angel’s alleged gold-for-dirty money operations was Henrietta Rushwaya, president of the Zimbabwe Miners Association. Rushwaya is also the niece of Emmerson Mnangagwa, and she told Angel and the reporters on a phone call that smuggling 100kg of gold each week would be no problem. “They can buy the gold directly in cash because we are the only sector in the country that is paying in foreign exchange on a cash basis,” Rushwaya said during the call. Doolan offered to set up a face-to-face meeting with Mnangagwa on the sidelines of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in 2021. The gang also offered to help launder money by building properties near the tourist town of Victoria Falls.
Uebert Angel Asset Freeze
In April 2023, people named in the Gold Mafia documentary had their assets frozen by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, according to “inside sources at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe”. They include Uebert Angel, Ewan McMillan, Kamlesh Pattni, and Simon Rudland. They will be frozen until the Financial Intelligence Unit has finished its investigations.
Earlier, according to a memo seen, the FIU directed that the assets of Cleopas Chidodo, David Chirozvi, Mehlululi Dube, and Fredrick Kunaka be frozen.