Prophet Magaya cleared

Prophet Magaya

Prophet Magaya

Bulawayo Bureau
A KWEKWE coroner has cleared the leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries Prophet Walter Magaya, his church and the police of any wrongdoing following the death of 11 people in a stampede at the end of a crusade at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe.

The inquest started early this year following the stampede that also left 43 people injured in November 2014 after the crusade that was attended by about 30 000 people.

After the event, people tried to force their way out at the same time resulting in the tragedy.

The coroner, Mr Taurai Manwere, said no one was to blame for the accident.

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“There is evidence that the church didn’t end abruptly. Some people wanted to meet Prophet Magaya and others were rushing for transport parked outside the main gate to go home.

The pressure caused by people who wanted to exit the stadium at the same time caused the stampede. This stampede was an accident and was unavoidable since it was not reasonably foreseeable that people in the stadium would get out of the stadium at the same time,” he said.

Exonerating the police, the coroner said from the evidence submitted in court, it is clear that no tear gas was ever used by police officers inside the stadium.

He said there was also no evidence to substantiate claims that PHD security officers ordered people to leave the stadium using small gates in order to conduct a head count of people who attended the crusade.

“The evidence remains hearsay and was not confirmed by witnesses who were involved in the stampede,” said Mr Manwere.

“From the evidence there are a number of contradictions with regard to the cause of the stampede, the manner the crusade ended and whether or not the main gate was open or closed and the number of gates that were being used to enter or exit the stadium on the day in question.

“These contradictions make it difficult for the court to make a finding on these issues.”

To avoid deaths of like nature in the future, Mr Manwere recommended that events that attract huge crowds must be conducted in an open space with sufficient ablution facilities.

“If conducted in a stadium, members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, subject to the Police Act or any other Act of Parliament must take charge of traffic control, crowd control and orderly exit of people from the stadium,” he said.

Those who died in the stampede are Ian Nkomo (40), Tendekai Bafana (9), Tamuka Chivasa (11), Winnie Chikanda (12), Rachel Zvinei (16) Cynthia Jane Katsholo (47) and Juliet Mawere (55) all from Mbizo suburb in Kwekwe.

Albert Ndure (13) and Bridget Mukarati (24) from Gweru as well as Grace Gwinji whose age was not given and Shadreck Kurebwa (59), also died.

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  • Mister Arcadia PhD.

    Ahhhh,obviously cleared because we all know the Zanu Republic Police were responsible for the stampede! Next ! Ko ye “rape” how far?

  • Samanyika

    Thot its about the current rape case. Nxa.

  • mpengo

    He and his church are responsible for having sanctioned such a gathering without assessing and catering for such a situation.

    It is negligence.

    Affected families should sue.

    He will be cleared of the rape charge do.

    No difference from uya wekuti President achafa. TB Joshua.

    Can’t even take responsibility for deaths caused by his own negligence

    • Patrick

      You know not what you say. May the God of my father prophet W Magaya forgive you.

      • mpengo

        I don’t need forgiveness for identifying a false prophet.

        He does, for commercialising healing and miracles.

        Hanzi buy the CD, the water is free.

        Mbavha

  • keith

    kuita kuti vanhu vafare yerape ndoicharatidza kuti haana kungwara

  • zozo tarasburg

    thought it was the ‘rape’ deal

  • SamaitaT

    nxa, thought its the rape case!

  • Onismo

    Ukarwadziwa nePHD haupore!!! search for a living God Jesus Christ. Who is the same yesterday today and forever. He is still talking to you but you are busy trying to bring down those who are talking to him. Time will catch up with you. Unfortunately for you, you are not known anywhere there won’t be anyone to talk about you are write about you. I salute you Prophet Magaya, other prominate people ran away from Zimbabwe of fear of what is happening to you right now. They go and develop foreign land but you are standing by your country, praying for the same people who want to see you down. Tinochiva dzimwe nyika dziriku developer me vana vedu vemuno My Zimbabwe who are taking talent and money away, but when we get someone like the Man of God the very same poor Zimbabwean try and extort money from him. We are with you Prophet all the way.

    • tindo

      Papa is going down, its time you position yourselves to take over the Ministry, Zanu eats its own eggs. This is the time Zimbabwe will be cleansed of all fake gospreneurs, reality check.

  • kutototo

    Nxaaaa thought he was cleared panyaya ye repi.

    • Faster

      Ukarwadziwa nePHD haupore!!! search for a living God Jesus Christ. Who is the same yesterday today and forever. He is still talking to you but you are busy trying to bring down those who are talking to him. Time will catch up with you. Unfortunately for you, you are not known anywhere there won’t be anyone to talk about you are write about you. I salute you Prophet Magaya, other prominate people ran away from Zimbabwe of fear of what is happening to you right now. They go and develop foreign land but you are standing by your country, praying for the same people who want to see you down. Tinochiva dzimwe nyika dziriku developer me vana vedu vemuno My Zimbabwe who are taking talent and money away, but when we get someone like the Man of God the very same poor Zimbabwean try and extort money from him. We are with you Prophet all the way.

      • tindo

        Papa is going down, its time you position yourselves to take over the Ministry, Zanu eats its own eggs

  • Mungandidii

    No one is to blame for their deaths???? these people did not die of natural causes, they were killed.

  • mbudziyadhura

    iyo yeRape iyi inoda kunyatso ongororwa,sekufunga kwenyu seyi yazobuditswa nhasi iyo irikunzi yakareportwa last year,Vanhu vavanofanirwa kusunga ndi officer in charge wekwaka repotwa nyaya iyi and the police officer akaita docket iri,and the funny part is yakuzobuda nekuti ati NO TO BOND NOTES,kkkkk amanaka,
    am not a Magaya follower but zvimwe zvinoita tivhunze mibvunzo

  • Ba Natie

    ko nyaya ye rape kugona Magaya ku mu sendera mukadzi kwete zvimwe zvese izvokkkkk

  • eliah

    This heading is mischevious and ill timed , we all thot its about the Rape case.

  • Jonso

    Silly why do you want to confuse the people of Zimbabwe: “Magaya Cleared” we thought cleared tge recent Rape allegations nxaa misleading headline.

  • Cecil Roars

    Who did he pay and how much?

  • Cecil Roars

    Joseph ka. Murume ane zvombo haa tadzi kuita zvaka daro. Usaita sekuti you are hsi keeper. let him face the music.

  • Chitakunye

    The coroner is not correct. It is reasonably forseable that once a huge public event comes to a close the people will all want to leave. what provision had been made by the organisers of the event for the orderly regress of the expected huge crowd? if no arrangements were in place this constitutes negligence. Was it not reasobly foreseeable that given Magaya’s popularity a huge crowd would converge on an inadequate venue? Did the police mobilise enough numbers to control the human traffic that would come to witness the event? If there were enough policemen what then went wrong? How did they fail to maintain order? Do Magaya’s security people have any training in crowd control. Who authorised them to give any sort of command to the crowd? Perhaps a full report from the coroner can asssist in answering some of these questions otherwise this looks like a whitewash.

  • tintin

    fake prophets in the last days .Be watchful of these please

  • Mhofu Chaiyo

    Blind loyalty has made this world blind! There is no smoke without fire, bambowee!!

  • Eng.Can

    Like seriously, how can they say nobody is responsible? What’s the stadium’s capacity and how many people attended that particular crusade? How long does it take for 30000 people to pass through one or two 1m wide gates? Let’s say 10people a minute, so that’s 3000minutes which is 50hours!!! How much is just removing durawall panels, construct temporary wide gates and rebuild as was? Probably $100! What evidence are you taking about? People’s lives matter

  • Dorty

    Ask Paul and Silas, Shadrach,Meshach and Abednego , Joseph in the Bible and Prophet TB Joshua, they will all tell you that they were persecuted but God saw them through. PWM you are just going through what your Spiritual father Prophet Tb Joshua went through during the beginning of his ministry, PWM your ministry is just
    being reinforced. We pray that your enemies be God’s enemies and your friends be God’s friends. we your partners are behind you. We might not be there physically, but we are on our knees praying that God puts your enemies to shame and let not your enemies triumph over you, Amen. Your Zambian Partner.

  • yadah kusvika ndafa

    yadah yadah.we are free to choose who to believe.we believe in our Prophet that heis sent byGod Almighty and you cecil and mhofu you can choose to believe your father of lies thedevil.yadah kusvika ndafa.zvasiyana