Magaya rape charges set to be dropped

HARARE - Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) founder Walter Magaya will be back in the dock today as the cleric anticipates a withdrawal of alleged rape charges after the complainant procedurally filed an affidavit to drop the case.

Magaya is set to appear before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe. He is represented by lawyers Everson Chatambudza, Admire Rubaya and Oliver Marwa.

During his previous court appearance, Chikwekwe said he had found copies of withdrawal affidavits purportedly compiled by the complainant slipped into his office but could not comment on the documents since they had not been procedurally presented.

The complainant has since regularised serving of the withdrawal affidavit to the State and Magaya’s lawyers are awaiting the court’s decision today.

Magaya’s lawyers have slammed the State for developing a sluggish approach to furnish Magaya with a trial date and demanded that their client should be removed from remand.

“Your worship this is the most surprising case after the win by recently elected American president Donald Trump. We have no guarantee that by November 30 the same prosecutor-general who could also be perusing Jonathan Moyo’s case will be ready with a trial date on November 30,” Marwa said.

“The remand court is not designed to punish the accused person and there is a possibility that we are probably going to wait until Jesus comes for the second time to be furnished with a trial date. This court is not one sitting under a Marula tree; it is a court of law.”

According to court papers, the complainant, a Masters in marketing student at Midlands State University, used to be a congregant at Magaya’s PHD Ministries.

It was the State case that she accepted an invitation from the preacher to visit him and was shown around the house. Magaya allegedly left the woman in a room inside the house and returned later, naked.

It was alleged that Magaya then raped the woman once.