Lessons from the Kwekwe tragedy

HARARE - It is always tragic, irrespective of the circumstances, when there is loss of life — and arguably doubly so when people die while nourishing their spiritual wellbeing.

To that extent, our hearts go out to all those who lost their lives at the regrettable stampede at the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries’ crusade in Kwekwe on Thursday night, as well as their families, friends and all the people who were affected by this tragic turn of events.

To his credit, the evidently-gutted PHD founder Prophet Walter Magaya has appropriately and humanely taken the blame for the death of the 11 people who lose their lives in the stampede which also left 54 others injured — even though the circumstances under which the tragedy occurred are fuzzy at the moment.

“This was our event and as a church we have to take the blame for the tragedy,” he has said.

According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred soon after service at around 10pm on Thursday, when overwhelmed police allegedly closed all but one exit point at Mbizo Stadium for the crusade that is estimated to have attracted more than 30 000 people.

This allegedly resulted in trapped attendees bringing down part of the precast wall, to allow them to get out as the crowds pushed to get out, which subsequently led to police allegedly firing teargas as they vainly tried to maintain order.

The 11 people who lost their lives, including three children, died after they were trampled on by frightened congregants allegedly trying to escape both the pressing crowds and the teargas.

What is clear is that the tragic event occurred after Magaya had already left the stadium, and he had to rush back to the stadium as soon as he learnt of the sad development.

We want to caution those who may somehow seek to gain mileage from this tragic event. In that light, we call for calm and understanding from all Zimbabweans as law enforcement agents investigate the matter and work to get to the bottom of the saga.

We also implore all Zimbabweans, from police to organisers of events such as church, sporting and concert gatherings to use events such as this one and others like the tragedy at a football match at the National Sports Stadium a few years ago, to endeavour to close all loopholes that could lead to loss of life.

 

Comments (13)

it shows he is a true prophet with a compassionate heart, others would stick to blaming the police and not help the families though i still blame the police for not doing their job. God will remember your ministry man of God

kimberlyhood - 23 November 2014

True man of God you might say you take the blame as PHD Ministries but still I strongly believe that the police force should have taken this event as one of the biggest events ever, I think they took it for granted which is unacceptable.

Dorothy - 23 November 2014

may their soul rest in peace,and may God remember you all the time Prophet Magaya we love you.

noku - 23 November 2014

may the deceased souls rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their beloved ones. We are with you Prophet and Mama all the way

bchimhawu - 23 November 2014

May the good God be with the families and friends as we mourn our beloved ones.we can not reserve what happened but we will join them in due course ,To the the Phd ministry God is watching and he will reward you accordingly .RIP

gellina matanhire - 24 November 2014

"it shows he is a true prophet with a compassionate heart, others would stick to blaming the police and not help the families though i still blame the police for not doing their job. God will remember your ministry man of God" Kimberly, this ITSELF does not show he is a true prophet AND IT WILL FOR LONG BE REMEMBERED.....AS THE MINISTRY YEKUCHEKERESA VANHU

Tatenda - 24 November 2014

"it shows he is a true prophet with a compassionate heart, others would stick to blaming the police and not help the families though i still blame the police for not doing their job. God will remember your ministry man of God" Kimberly, this ITSELF does not show he is a true prophet AND IT WILL FOR LONG BE REMEMBERED.....AS THE MINISTRY YEKUCHEKERESA VANHU

Tatenda - 24 November 2014

may all their souls rest in peace . we still love u papa Magaya

emma masedza - 24 November 2014

Magaya chete ,a true man of GOD with the people at heart.Police u alwaz think kuti vanhu they can only be controlled by teargases why why why?

ome - 24 November 2014

Magaya wakangodzoka pa Mbizo you will pay. You bloodsucker sucking blood of the sufferers.

Casmogan - 24 November 2014

Thank you munyori. Manyora chokwadi. May the departed souls rest in peace

Hannah Miriam - 25 November 2014

Lessons........................just a narration of what happened nxaaaaaaa

xixo x5 - 27 November 2014

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