Zimbabwe: Disaster strikes religious rally

Zimbabwe: Disaster strikes religious rally

Earlier this month it was reported that over 3,000 foreign visitors had arrived in Zimbabwe for a night of prayer organised by the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) headed by a flamboyant charlatan called Walter Magaya, above.

Today we learn that 11 people who attended the conman’s latest healing and deliverance service in the central town of Kwekwe died as the result of a stampede.

The BBC reports that four people died in the Kwekwe stadium, while seven others were declared dead on arrival in hospital.

The stampede occurred as thousands of worshippers rushed to leave after Magaya service.

PHD’s Facebook page prophesied this about those attending the Kwekwe stadium event:

No one will go back the same – all for the glory of God. We serve a Mighty God of wonders!

Some witnesses accused the police of blocking most of the stadium exits and then firing tear gas as people battled to get through the only one left open.
The police have denied firing tear gas.

Magaya told a local newspaper that when he learnt of the deaths, it was:

The saddest moment of my life.

Walter Magaya  claims to use miracles to cure all kinds of ailments, help people achieve their desires, and cast out demonic spirits. Magaya counts the popular Nigerian pastor T B Joshua as his mentor. In September, Joshua blamed a “UFO” for the collapse of a church building that killed 17.

His popularity increased when he sought to convert a well-known pole dancer, Beverly Sibanda to Christianity. But her love affair with his ministry was pretty short-lived and she began bad-mouthing the fraud, something she later apologised for.

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries was again in the news at the end of October when two of its “bouncers” were arrested along with some other thugs for assault and threatening behaviour.

On November 8, PHD official, Admire Mango, was reported here as saying that in addition to the 3,00o foreigners who had poured into Zimbabwe for the the all night prayer spectacular – oddly called “Turning Around Part 3” – had also attracted over 180 000 local visitors.

Ahead of the event, Mr Mango declared:

This is going to be Southern Africa’s biggest religious show.

He called upon all Zimbabweans with various problems to come and receive blessings.

After the entertainment, the crowd will have an opportunity to listen to the prophet’s healing and deliverance message. We are calling upon all people from different races who are suffering from any ailments such as HIV, BP and cancer among other diseases to come and be healed. At the all night prayer, some will receive prophetic words that will change their lives according to God’s plan.

Hat tip: Agent Cormac

10 responses to “Zimbabwe: Disaster strikes religious rally”

  1. Broga says:

    One of the big attractions of Christianity is that it offers a fraudulent hope to the hopeless; phony healing to the sick and, when all is misery, access to a fictional heaven where all is delight. When all this is purveyed by a charismatic charlatan then he becomes a star and the money roles in.

    The fraud is made so much easier when the gullible followers are ignorant, never hear of challenges to the religious nonsense and are taught to think that what they are hearing are facts beyond dispute.

  2. L.Long says:

    I’m especially gifted in that I can see these conmen for what they are and religion for what it is. I could say that stupid sheeple deserve this but I can’t as it is desperate people at the end of their hope for a better life. I blame the awful conmen in charge of the government that are so bad at their jobs that this occurs. Now if they do have a good medical service and good education (as in ‘merica & europe) then the dumb-schite sheeple got what they deserve.

  3. Marky Mark says:

    So…Why were the police shooting tear-gas into the crowed? Had the good religious folks become unruly again?

  4. R Pilotte says:

    Hey saps…you keep the faith…we will keep your money…

  5. AgentCormac says:

    So how come Magaya couldn’t heal the victims?

  6. Paul Cook says:

    I often wonder how these people become so excited that they crush themselves to death at these religious things. If the exits were locked that’s pretty disgusting. As to firing tear gas – that is hardly a sensible method to control a crowd in an enclosed space- how idiotic and negligent. It is tantamount to murder as the result would be entirely predictable.
    Mecca always has many being trampled to death each year in their excitement to perform dumb rituals.

    Tounge in cheek – If only they’d do this on cliff edges like lemmings and more often, it might reduce the population to a level where we can live in peace.

  7. barriejohn says:

    LLong: There are many in America and Europe who are in desperate straits and have no idea how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. Religion often seems to have the answer – in fact any sort of change can seem preferable to just doing nothing. And there are many others in an emotional mess who are easy prey to conmen of all kinds (religion , clairvoyancy,”self help”, etc). When you’re at the end of your tether you’ll try almost anything, and “almost anything” can often work, especially if emotional support is part of the package.

  8. L.Long says:

    Yes berriejohn, I realize there are people here that also are in dire straights, and like many in the 3rd world they are immersed in WooWoo and mystical BS. But even if a full apocalypse fell around me I would NOT waste my energy praying or listening to a conman. That’s why I said I am incredibly gifted or a genius, either that or they are stupid because it takes just some simple thinking and simple experiments to prove the BS does not work or is any good. Stupid is defined as rejecting truth in the face of evidence .
    But that is also why I blame the gov’mint. You can see this by comparing ‘merica to europe or england health system. Every system has flaws but people in USA are driven to desperation for the lack of being able to pay so many may use Woo of some form. But in England the line may be long but it does move and care given.

  9. lindda says:

    This article IS VERY MISLEADING…..
    To start with, Prophet Magaya’s popularity, came about, after, a mad man, was restored to his senses, when Prophet Magaya prayed for him.
    Secondly, At Prophet TB Joshua’s church, the UFO you write is actually not identified…follow that link you will see the plane

  10. Paul Cook says:

    @ lindda

    what actually is misleading. That this man is a charlatan and a fraud?
    He is not a prophet he is a fraud.
    he is the one who said it was a UFO.

    Explain your comments as they make little sense.