Popular Zim prophet ‘rapes’ female student
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – POPULAR Zimbabwe prophet, Walter Magaya appeared at a Harare magistrates court on Saturday for allegedly raping a 25-year old female student who worships at his church.
The miracle making pastor is the founder of widely followed Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD).
Prophet Magaya, who was arrested on Friday was released the following day on a $2,000 (about R30,000) bail.
The prophet spent the night at a Harare police station at Rhodesville when he appeared before a magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe.
Apart from the $2,000 bail, the prophet was also ordered to surrender his passport at the police to avoid escaping from the rule of law, ordered not to interfere with state witnesses as well as reporting three times a week at Harare Central Police Station as part of his bail conditions.
Magaya, who looked calm in the court proceedings was represented by powerful legal team comprising Everson Chatambudza and Oliver Marawa of Rubaya and Chatambudza Legal Practioneers while the state was represented by Gwinyiya Shumba.
The prophet was initially not aksed to plead as the rape case investigation intensifies.
The female student from Midlands State University (MSU) accused prophet Magaya of inviting her for a prayer at his posh house in Harare where he allegedly raped her once. The matter is believed to have taken place on 15th June 2015, but was reported this year.
The court will sit again on 15th September to hear more evidence of the alleged rape.
– CAJ News
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