Ma­gaya rape ac­cuser for­mally drops com­plaint

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THREE armed rob­bers raided a so­cial club in Bu­l­awayo’s Nku­lumane sub­urb on Fri­day night, shot a se­cu­rity guard be­fore ran­sack­ing the till, frisk­ing pa­trons and get­ting away with $175 plus cell­phones.

Pa­trons who said they were still in shock yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle the rob­bers hit Fast Cash So­cial Club as it was clos­ing around mid­night on Fri­day.

They said they were slow to obey a com­mand to lie down and one of the rob­bers fired two shots onto the floor.

A pa­tron who de­clined to be named said the se­cu­rity guard— iden­ti­fied as Mr Jess­mine Chin­ganga screamed in pain and held his leg af­ter the shots were fired, gal­vanis­ing every­one into ac­tion.

“Those who were still stand­ing, in­clud­ing two old men who were com­plain­ing of arthri­tis, dived to the ground,” said the pa­tron.

Another rev­eller who only iden­ti­fied him­self as Ncube said the se­cu­rity guard had or­dered peo­ple out of the club when a man bran­dish­ing a pis­tol or­dered them back in.

“We all stood up to leave the bar when we heard gun­shots and sud­denly a group of pa­trons ahead of me came run­ning back into the bar,” he said.

“Af­ter shoot­ing the se­cu­rity guard, they grabbed the till from the cashier MaNde­bele (Ntombiye­langa) and took money and air­time recharge cards. We were told they got about $160 from the till,” said Ncube.

“They searched some pa­trons and took about $15 and some cell­phones be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing. The se­cu­rity guard was still clutch­ing his bleed­ing leg and rolling on the ground.”

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the so­cial club yes­ter­day a man­ager, who de­clined to give his name, said:

“Yes, we were robbed but it’s best you go to the po­lice for more in­for­ma­tion be­cause I wasn’t there when the rob­bery oc­curred.”

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.—@win­nie_­masara. A HARARE woman who claimed to have been raped by Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries leader Wal­ter Ma­gaya has of­fi­cially filed pa­pers with the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice and the Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice drop­ping the charges.

She also com­mu­ni­cated her de­ci­sion to Prophet Ma­gaya’s lawyer.

The woman ini­tially used un­pro­ce­du­ral meth­ods to with­draw the charges re­cently.

She re­port­edly sneaked the pa­pers into Harare mag­is­trate Mr Vakayi Chik­wekwe’s of­fice un­der the door.

Mr Chik­wekwe dis­missed the pur­ported with­drawal of the charges cit­ing fail­ure to fol­low court pro­ce­dure.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Se­bas­tian Mu­tizirwa pro­fessed ig­no­rance of the ori­gins of the af­fi­davit then.

He said if the com­plainant wanted to with­draw the charges against Prophet Ma­gaya she was sup­posed to go to the po­lice or the AG’s of­fice.

The woman later fol­lowed pro­ce­dure and served all the par­ties the rel­e­vant pa­pers, which in­cluded two af­fi­davits and a let­ter.

In a let­ter ac­com­pa­ny­ing the with­drawal af­fi­davit ad­dressed to the act­ing PG, the woman in­di­cated that no one had forced her to with­draw the charges.

She vowed never in her en­tire life to pur­sue the case again.

“I make ref­er­ence to the rape case which is pend­ing be­fore the courts against Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya. I have since filed a with­drawal af­fi­davit which I am aware might have been mis­con­strued. I have since pre­pared a clear cut with­drawal af­fi­davit,” said the woman.

“I’ve freely and vol­un­tar­ily with­drawn this crim­i­nal com­plaint against Wal­ter Ma­gaya. I have not been un­duly in­flu­enced at all and this de­ci­sion is mine and mine alone,” reads the let­ter.

She urged the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to re­spect her de­ci­sion.

“I don’t wish to pro­ceed with it at all and never in my en­tire time. For the avoid­ance of doubt and to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the with­drawal af­fi­davit, as well as my own in­tegrity, I will in­form the po­lice and the ac­cused’s lawyers,” she said.

The date stamps on the let­ter shows all the par­ties were served on Fri­day.

In another af­fi­davit dated Novem­ber 17, the com­plainant said the threats she re­ceived from un­known “forces” that wanted Ma­gaya jailed were not the main cause of her de­ci­sion.

The so­cial club that was robbed in Bu­l­awayo’s Nku­lumane sub­urb

The late Yowani Ng­wenya (top left), his wife Ms Sihle Ny­oni and the place where his body was found

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