BULAWAYO - There was commotion at Large City Hall when hundreds of people who failed to gain entry into the venue for Prophet Walter Magaya’s PHD Ministries crusade, camped outside the venue on Tuesday.
The crusade was meant for card-carrying PHD ministries partnership members only but the charismatic preacher’s followers in Bulawayo would not accept that.
Some people camped outside vowed not to leave claiming that being within the vicinity of the “prophet”, was enough to solve their problems.
The crowd gathered at the hall as early as 9am for the crusade scheduled to start at 4pm ending at 8pm.
When Magaya finally arrived at around 5pm, police had a tough time controlling the crowd outside. There was total chaos when he started his healing and deliverance session.
The PHD leader had no choice but to give a special deliverance to the people outside but all hell broke loose as people jostled to get closer to him.
So serious was the stampede that sensing danger, Magaya quickly retreated back into the building as the situation was about to get out of hand.
He only came back after order had been restored by the police, PHD ushers and security details.
During his sermon, Magaya reiterated that his life was under threat.
“Last week, I told people that my car brakes were tampered with but only three days ago my car was tampered with again,” said Magaya.
“They tampered with a certain wire on my vehicle so that I get involved in an accident. Only yesterday, one of my members was almost abducted so that they would go public claiming Magaya akachekeresa (used human sacrifice). What kind of behaviour is that?
The PHD Ministries founder said his enemies were working tirelessly to ensure his demise and that of his ministry.
Magaya also took the opportunity to announce the ministry’s first international tour which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa in May.
“From 26 to 29, we will be going to South Africa. Preparations are already underway for the crusade. I will be going there next week to assess the open space we can use,” Magaya said.
“It will be the first crusade outside Zimbabwe and it will be very big. We want all the thousands of South Africans to be surprised that who is this, what is this and how come a house of carpenter is producing such great things. What good can come out of Zimbabwe? We want to show them that we are alive and there is life in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Magaya said this will be the beginning of many international tours to follow. He also reiterated the prophesy of a million people crusade which he said was certainly going to take place in the capital despite the disbelief by the naysayers.