Grace, VPs visit Magaya

HARARE - With the pulling power of the country’s charismatic church leaders now firmly established, warring post-congress Zanu PF bigwigs are stampeding to the gatherings of popular prophets.

The Daily News learnt yesterday that First Lady Grace Mugabe, vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, a number of Cabinet ministers and scores of ruling party legislators are due to attend Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries leader Walter Magaya’s “Turnaround Night” crusade in Harare on Friday.

Grace, who is expected to market herself to the tens of thousands of people set to attend the crusade, is currently on a “national crusade” of her own, seemingly campaigning against Mnangagwa’s chances of replacing President Robert Mugabe as Zanu PF leader.

There were also suggestions yesterday that the controversial first lady may also attend the United Family International Church(UFIC)’s service next week, as she continues to market herself to wary and politics-weary Zimbabweans.

Makandiwa and Magaya command two of the biggest religious followings in Zimbabwe, with analysts saying given their popularity, it was not a surprise that politicians were stampeding to work with them and use their platforms to energise their presidential and other leadership aspirations.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources also told the Daily News yesterday that a host of Cabinet ministers as well as more than 100 Zanu PF legislators were scheduled to  attend the Magaya service. In one PHD invite to a Zanu PF MP that the Daily News saw, Magaya alluded to Grace’s attendance at the service, whose aim is “to change the spiritual, physical and economic aspect of human lives as this shall be a night of turnaround”.

“We are humbled to share with you that our esteemed guest of honour for the event is Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Amai Dr Grace N Mugabe,” reads part of the invitation.

This was the reason, the legislator who spoke to the Daily News said, it was expected that many Cabinet ministers and MPs would stampede to the crusade given the first lady’s power and influence in the warring ruling party.

“There is no doubt that every minister and MP will be there because that is the way things are (in Zanu PF) at the moment,” the legislator said.

But Zanu PF women’s league national spokesperson, Monica Mutsvangwa — who is alleged to belong to the Mnangagwa camp, and also said to be opposed to Grace’s presidential ambitions — expressed ignorance of the first lady’s attendance at the crusade.

“Go and get information from the people who gave you the story, I am not aware of that,” Mutsvangwa said curtly when approached for a comment.

As part of the invitation to the crusade, the legislators are also being given Magaya’s popular anointing oil and stickers, and are being asked to be at the venue of the mega all-night prayer by 8pm on Friday.

If Grace does pitch up at the crusade, this would be the first time that she would be attending one of Magaya’s services. It also follows the popular preacher’s recent attendance at her birthday bash, where he purchased her biography for a cool $50 000.

Magaya expressed his delight at meeting Grace for the first time at her Harare bash, saying he would support the “philanthropic work” that she was doing in Mazowe.

The crusade invitation letter also chronicles the origins of the fast-growing church and describes Magaya as the “owner and executive producer of Yadah TV, a free-to-air gospel channel through which his sermons and teachings are aired and viewed by over 400 million people in over 145 countries worldwide”.

The letter also claims that the “Night of Turnaround is going to be a powerful life-changing night not only for Zimbabwe as a nation but also the region, continent and the globe”.

Ironically, Mugabe recently attacked the country’s prophetic churches saying most of them were not genuine.

“Some of these churches are using the Bible to generate cash with it. Anyone who has no job ... they are now just starting a church,” he said while addressing government officials and legislators during a luncheon hosted by the Local Government ministry after the official opening of Parliament in September.

“They will say I read here in the Bible and it says I should start a church. They just use one verse in the Bible and they use it, use it like nothing,” he added.

Still, it has become a norm among post-congress Zanu PF officials and the First family to visit churches seemingly to lure them into supporting their political careers, with Mugabe himself an avid “follower” of the apostolic sects.

Mnangagwa has also recently joined the bandwagon, visiting Madzibaba Wimbo’s shrine where he underwent some bizarre rituals, allegedly to seek direction on how to ascend to the presidency.

Comments (29)

Matakanana!! People should leave God out of this. I foresee destruction of certain people as a result of God's anger.....most people are being brainwashed and led astray by the so called prophets because of desperation, unfortunately by the time people realise it will be too late. It's a shame that in desperate times some people become blind and become victims of desperation as some sharks prey on their being desperate.

misty - 4 November 2015

'Grace, VPs visit' and 'Are due to attend....." So which is which here.

Ndugu - 4 November 2015

Your observation that Makandiwa and Magaya command two of the biggest religious followings in Zimbabwe is quite true but they DO NOT lead the biggest Christian followings in the country. I agree with HE R G Mugabe that "these prophets are fake"

Simba Gotora - 4 November 2015

@ Ndugu - nyaya iripo but tumapepa tweduwo tunozoti rasikeyi pakuwanza mweya muchibharumha che bhabrigamu! Sae same neka herald kacho.

SaManyika Chaiye - 4 November 2015

"To visit" or "visit". And an obvious desktop fabrication. You guys richly deserve an official visit by the boys

Tengenenge - 4 November 2015

I'm always fascinated by Zanoids and spooks like Ndugu and Tengenenge, and how they see Zimbabwe. Do they inhabit the same country as some of us do? Asazi.

Khumalo - 4 November 2015

it is very important for people to judge if any of the prophets are fake before they see their fruits. the bible says fake prophets will be seen by their fruits so leave prophet Makandiwa nd Prophet Magaya alone for they have done nothing wrong so far, judgement belongs to God and you cn say they are fake if their fruits are wrotten.

GODWIN - 4 November 2015

it is very important for people to judge if any of the prophets are fake before they see their fruits. the bible says fake prophets will be seen by their fruits so leave prophet Makandiwa nd Prophet Magaya alone for they have done nothing wrong so far, judgement belongs to God and you cn say they are fake if their fruits are wrotten.

GODWIN - 4 November 2015

Nzira inoenda kudenga is narrow and very few people are walking on that road asi inoenda kukuparadzwa ndiyo inevose everyone want to be seen walking on that road,everyone is fighting to be seen nekunogara pamaleather sofa anodhura zvekudhura zviya kuti tionekwe kuti tinonamata. HAIWAWO!! Kufa kuraswa sadhongi asingadyiwe nyama

jojo - 4 November 2015

God is in control of everything so no need to worry, Those who are truly doing his work are known by him.false preachers will be exposed and God will surely deal with them accordingly.

Isaac chihera - 5 November 2015

Some of people are going to be surprised seeing these prophets sitting together with Christ on the thrown. Every one on this earth was called for a Devine purpose but not everyone is in the track. These Prophets are running their race and some people are busy criticizing instead of running their own. The bible clearly says that you shall see them by their fruits, do not be quick to judge people of God, judge yourselves first before judging others. Leave the judging part in God`s hands. Our part is to discern the spirit behind and it only takes a spirit filled man to discern and obviously a carnal man to judge.


“Buy a gift for a dog, and you'll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don't have anything to offer to it, it won't even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friend. Later or sooner you are to receive your judgement.

Chemical Solution - 5 November 2015

in church dont entaintain politicians giving them a platform to utter nonsence

truth - 5 November 2015

in church dont entaintain politicians giving them a platform to utter nonsence

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mama mather - 5 November 2015

the mind boggles ,church ne politics where do they mix ,and pa church service can it be interupted for some lost soul to spout rubbish and irrelevant nonsense ...kana iye Magaya haana kukwana ,,,,people want healing and spritual guidance ..voponera kupi..??

k chideme - 5 November 2015

its good for them to visit both ministries and they shall learn a lot in terms of the two preachers........order, integrity..character, quality among other things.

IZVI ZVAKANAKA IZVI - 5 November 2015

Everybody knows that Makandiwa is Zhanu now lets see Magaya. In terms of fellowship Makandiwa is nothing compared to Prophet Magaya. Magaya should be carefull of these politicians. I rest my case.

Mudhiniwe - 5 November 2015

vana Dr Amai nemamwe mapoliticians ngavaende kwaMutumwa Mwazha WeAfrica tione kuti vanonotaura chii kana kutambirwa. Mwazha don't take shit. I respect Mwazha.

Comrade Chasura - 5 November 2015

People must learn that praying to God is not necessarily attending some of these so-called big church festivals and the like. If you love thy neighbour as you love yourself and pray to God everyday of your life, you are living a Christian life. I have a problem with those that go to church because of Pastor so and so or because they want to flash the monies that they have. Lets just be true believers in the eyes of the almighty. Politicians should just stop this nonsense of taking advantage in some of these gatherings. We know that many of them have got blood in their hands, and they shall face the wrath of God on the judgement day.

Shapiro - 6 November 2015

We will soon be punished by God as we smear his name with our god's I hope and pray that the fallout will only affect those involved, as God's judgement has a tendency to wipe out a nation for disobedience in using his name in vain and for ulterior motives. Christians i.e. true Christians let us pray for Zimbabwe

Concerned - 6 November 2015

most people are now chasing after worldly things and they just go to church to acquire these and not to worship God

najesu zvinoita - 6 November 2015


guju - 6 November 2015

Zvinoita chete amai rambai makashinga

mlongoshi - 8 November 2015

Rambai makashingirira matambudziko enyika isu vamwe takazvitadza izvi

cape Town - 9 November 2015

God should reveal what's behind these so called prophets. it's there in the Bible about false prophets. Guys wake up and see, ask God to lead you, the earth is gone.

Ndongeni Duungwani - 10 November 2015


JOROMIA - 10 November 2015

religion and politics are interwoven, thus to fully say they compliment each other.......the whole eesence of Ceasorapism......hapana chitsva apa....Ebhola egedhini amadhodha

tasex - 11 November 2015

We have to know thee is a diffiference between a Prophet of God used of the Holy Spirit and a Spiritualist . The bok of revelations says in the last days the Beast will unleash strange miracles which will even divert the very elect. Lets stick to the Word not to miracles . God help us to see the spirit behind the young generation of prophets.

mwanawevhu - 12 November 2015

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