Updated: Magaya takes blame for crusade deaths

Prophet Magaya at the crusade last night. (Pic:H-Metro)

Prophet Magaya at the crusade last night. (Pic:H-Metro)

H-Metro

Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries were facing fresh challenges this afternoon as thousands of Kwekwe residents thronged Mbizo Stadium for a crusade that had already been cancelled.

A decision to cancel the second day of the 5-9pm service was made last night following the death of 11 people in a stampede. But despite the widespread news of last night’s tragedy, people were still thronging the venue today.

There has been suggestions that it was an all-night prayer but the correct position is that it was a four-hour service.

As of this afternoon, PHD were battling to contain people wanting to attend the cancelled service. A decision was made to give the people already at Mbizo free anointing oil while exiting the venue.

Earlier today Prophet Magaya told H-Metro  that he had received information that 11 people had been confirmed dead including a pregnant woman and three minors.

The crusade was originally meant for Thursday and Friday but today’s service has since been cancelled following the tragedy.

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Prophet Magaya had already left the venue when the stampede occurred and he had to rush back to the venue on getting news of the stampede.

“I am gutted…I had already left the venue when I got news that there was commotion at the venue and moments later I was told of people seriously injured. Within minutes I was told that eight people had died and others were serious. I rushed back to the venue and it was very sad, the saddest moment of my life.
“As of this morning I am made to understand that three more died and of the dead include a pregnant woman and a child. I will be meeting with the authorities and all stakeholders before we can issue an official statement on the tragedy. ”

A shaken Prophet Magaya told H-Metro that he will take the blame for the tragedy.

“This was our event and as a church we have to take the blame for the tragedy. It is still too early to say what caused the stampede but the fact that the stampede took place at the venue means that part of our system failed to function.”

***More to follow

 

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  • mamoyo

    Ntulo saka mateargas akamwayiwa here

  • ZUPCO

    ndokuti uporofita hunyatso shanda

  • Mukotami

    Magaya clearly understands the issue here, that is why he has assumed the blame. Police can not be blamed independently because they were hired by Magaya to work under his system. You can help him very much if you can volunteer that information so that he is able to understand how his system failed. Of course such a disaster was not revealed to him pamweya and even how it happened will not likely be revealed!

  • vongaijachi

    Lawyer advocate magaya didnt do his part.its your duty as a shepherd to protect your flock.KO wil mweya wacho uripiko to warn about these things?kufamba murima like an ordinary person?haiwavo thats rubbish God grant all those who pray in spirit and truth spiritual eyes not maziso ekungoona mari chete?

  • tavi ru

    the truth is we are following man not God , we will continue to be sacrificed until we learn the really truth of the bible .i just wonder which part of ‘false prophets shall rise’ and also FOLLOW CHRIST don’t we understand.

  • wezhira wezheve

    Just saying , from the usual my church, my people, now due to the tragedy, he is now saying our church, our system