Women Af­fairs Min­is­ter seen at rape ac­cused Ma­gaya’s church

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Zva­maida Mur­wira

THOU­SANDS of fol­low­ers of the Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries, in­clud­ing a Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter thronged the church’s Wa­ter­falls base yes­ter­day a day af­ter their leader Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya was ar­rested and ar­raigned be­fore the court on rape charges.

Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Nyasha Chik­winya was part of the con­gre­ga­tion that cheered Prophet Ma­gaya as he walked in the au­di­to­rium. Prophet Ma­gaya ar­rived at around 3PM. He re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from his fol­low­ers who ap­peared un­moved by the al­le­ga­tions be­ing lev­elled against their leader.

Prophet Ma­gaya took time to go to the over­flow to greet his fol­low­ers who jos­tled to have him lay his hand on their heads.

In his ad­dress, Prophet Ma­gaya avoided mak­ing ref­er­ence to al­le­ga­tions he is fac­ing be­fore the court. He con­cen­trated on ser­mons and prayers. Prophet Ma­gaya and his fol­low­ers took time to con­grat­u­late his wife, Tendai, who was cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day yes­ter­day.

The PHD leader was wear­ing a match­ing black suit and a waist­coat. He was driv­ing a black Mercedes Benz.

On Satur­day, Prophet Ma­gaya ap­peared be­fore pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Mr Vakai Chik­wekwe over rape al­le­ga­tions that the State is al­leg­ing oc­curred in June 2015.

The State says some­time in June 2015, Ma­gaya in­vited the 25-year-old com­plainant to a house in Mount Pleas­ant, Harare and al­legedly showed her around the place be­fore leav­ing her alone in a room. A while later, it is al­leged, Ma­gaya re­turned to the room in the nude and raped the com­plainant once. He there­after gave her $200. The pros­e­cu­tu­ion says the wo­man told her lover about the al­leged abuse last month and a po­lice re­port was made.

Ma­gaya was re­manded to Septem­ber 6 this year on $2 000 bail cou­pled with strin­gent con­di­tions.

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