Prophet Magaya Let Off The Hook
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder and leader Walter Magaya seems to have been let off the hook by the woman who had levelled rape allegations against the popular self styed prophet by withdrawing the charges.
The latest development emerged during the routine remand hearing for the accused which took place yesterday morning before Mr Vakai Douglas Chikwekwe at Harare Magistrates Court.
In a new twist to the much publicized rape charge for Magaya ,the complainant handed in a withdrawal affidavit to the police notifying them that she no longer was interested in pursuing the matter. The complainant whose name cannot be disclosed due to ethical reasons wrote and handed in the withdrawal affidavit against the prophet on the eighth of November where she indicated that she was freely and voluntarily withdrawing charges against Magaya.
The investigating officer in the case, Mutumwa Zvidzayi confirmed this development whilst under cross examination by Everson Chatambudza, one of Magaya’s legal representatives stating that the complainant had approached their offices with a view to withdraw the case and they had forwarded the docket to the Prosecutor General’s office for final instructions. However state prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa said he had not received the withdrawal affidavit from the complainant and said that it was the prerogative of the prosecution and not the police to withdraw matters before the courts. He urged the court to remand the matter to the 30th of November where he expected the Prosecutor General to have furnished the court with a trial date
However , Mr Admire Rubaya, a co-defence counsel in the matter put it to the court that there were ulterior forces as well as political and religious hawks prepared to interfere with the wheels of justice to the detriment of his client begging the court to remove accused from remand as he had religiously abided by court’s instructions by availing himself whenever he was called upon to do so since his arrest four months ago.
The presiding magistrate agreed with the state counsel that the four month period on which the accused has been on remand was not too long and he further remanded the matter to the 30th of November for continuation.