Magaya rape accuser formally drops complaint
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