By Charlie Madondo|
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder Walter Magaya on Saturday hosted a dinner for hundreds of paying company executives to celebrate his 39th birthday.
Smarting from the recent deaths of 11 followers when police teargas triggered a mass stampede at his crusade in Kwe Kwe, Magaya chose the highly secured, upmarket Zimbali conference centre in leafy Greendale for his birthday bash.
This immediately drew the ire of poorer church members who accused him of forgetting his ghetto roots and trying to impress ‘sinners’ in order to get to their pockets.
“Magaya should have celebrated among the believers, not mixing with gluttonous rich sinners and playing worldly music from Oliver Mtukudzi. It doesn’t set a good example,” said one church elder.
The former Chitungwiza thug transformed ‘miraculously’ after visiting TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria in 2012. He started his ministry at a creche in Unit L, Chitungwiza before moving to Waterfalls after curiously obtaining a grant from the department of theology in the president’s office.
Saturday’s event was sponsored by top companies, among them telecommunications giant Telecel, BancABC and state broadcaster Star FM. Even the bankrupt ZBC chipped in with a donation to be part of the event.
Magaya arrived separately from his wife, who turned up in a gorgeous lacy green gown. Arriving minutes later in a beige suit, Magaya had small talk with the mainly dark-suited executives before feasting got underway.
Magaya has courted controversy ever since his ministry began. He famously got mixed up with strip dancer Beverly Sibanda before being accused of committing adultery with Denford Mutashu’s wife, Memory Ruvazhe.
He recently torched a storm by claiming the Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe was “chosen by God”.
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