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$2 million lawsuit for Prophet Magaya

Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya has been hit with a nearly $2 million lawsuit by an aggrieved Harare couple who allegedly pampered the man of the cloth with expensive vehicles and cash to fulfil a “prophecy” that they would own an airline.


The couple, Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwa, is also seeking to recover a Landrover Discovery 4 valued at R890 000 and $15 000 they “seeded” in cash after the man of cloth had allegedly given them a prophecy that they would own an airline. The seed was a precondition for the prophecy’s fulfilment.

The two, who are businesspeople, are also seeking to recover a further $44 000 which was balance of payment for seven commuter omnibuses they purchased on behalf of Magaya.

In another claim, Mashangwa is also demanding $1 million for contumelia, deprivation of freedom and mental anguish and for defamation of character after Magaya allegedly caused his arrest for an alleged fraud amounting to $40 000.

The lawsuits were filed in the High Court in Harare on April 22 and 28 under case numbers HC36561/15, HC 3857/15 and 3858/15.
In their first claim, the couple said they had put up a house for sale in Marlborough on the market and Magaya, through his agents, had expressed interest.

It is further claimed he requested to meet the couple so that he could share with them the prophetic revelation he had received from God.

“Defendant, through his agents, requested to meet Plaintiffs in order to reveal the vision or revelation he allegedly had seen from Jesus Christ and the Almighty God,” reads the summons.

“A meeting was set by Defendant’s agents and on the same date Plaintiffs met the Defendant. Defendant revealed that when he visited their house that was up for sale, he saw a vision and the vision was that Plaintiffs would soon own an airline. The Defendant informed Plaintiffs that in order for the business to materialise, they needed to sow a seed.”

On the strength of that prophecy, the couple availed 890 000 rand to purchase a Landrover Discovery 2014 series for Magaya, which was handed over to him in December 2014.

Magaya allegedly advised the couple to import the vehicle in his wife’s name and they did so.

At that time, Magaya is said to have further revealed to them that they would go into partnership with Emirates Airline, after which they “seeded” an additional $15 000 for the prophesied partnership.

In the second claim, Magaya is said to have requested the couple to sell him seven commuter omnibuses at a value of $15 000 each and they acted on the instruction in the understanding that full payment would be made upon delivery of the vehicles.
“Defendant made part payment of the purchase price for the delivered commuter omnibuses, leaving a balance of $44 000,” reads the summons.

“Despite lawful demand, Defendant refuses or neglects to pay the sum of $44 000 to the Plaintiffs.”

Following the demands, it is alleged that Magaya instigated officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (Law and Order) against the couple and the officers went to the Mashangwa home where they reportedly harassed and tortured their children and five domestic workers between 7pm and 12 midnight on March 15 2015.

The following day, the couple claims to have been arrested and detained at Harare Central Police Station and on two occasions, Blessing lost consciousness and had to be hospitalised. No charges were pressed against them.

“Plaintiff was humiliated and Defendant used security agents and officers at CID Homicide who were acting contrary to their constitutional mandate. Defendant was encouraging them to abuse their power and trampled upon Plaintiff’s rights,” the summons further reads.

Magaya allegedly continued to send people to harass the couple so they could stop demanding their $44 000 for the commuter omnibuses that were delivered.

“The arrest was extensively publicised resulting in Plaintiff being humiliated and her reputation as a businesswoman, Christian and law abiding citizen damaged,” the Mashangwas contended.

The couple is represented by Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange.

17 Responses to $2 million lawsuit for Prophet Magaya

  1. munya May 3, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    That is now so common in Zimbabwe and every! The Ives have since moved from physical robbery and they are a bit smart. They must meet the full wrath of the law if found guilt.

    It should not end with poor madzibaba who is in jail for clous allegation and political Michael by those in power

    • Deliverance needed May 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Both of them are criminals.

  2. Unotoshaya kuti zvirikufamba sei May 3, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Chokwadi chiya chakubuda zvino, zvombonzi Mashangwa defrauded Magaya, zvonzi Mashangwa wacho was given $116,000 by Admire Mango, admire mango wacho wotoona kuti he can’t afford even a corolla, zvonzi the $116,000 was verbally agreed, wotoshaya kuti zvirikumbofamba sei? nekuti no one im thier right minds gives anyone kana $10,000 without anything in writting, wotoona kuti pane cover up irikuda kuitwa, wotoona kuti aaaah Magaya akaita chi Eubert Angel, ini zvangu zii the 3rd tree is falling after all.

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  4. John Mashangwa May 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    if you could follow the link above then you may realize a few anomalies in these claims. I feel the truth should always go above lies.

    referring to the Zimeye online paper for April 15 2015 read the following extracts:

    It is the state’s case that on the 15th of July 2014, Mango, decided to acquire a high powered all-terrain vehicle for prophet Magaya’s wife.

    He then sought for a supplier for a Land Rover Discovery 4, 2014 model and contracted Upenyu Ignatius Mashangwa.

    They then entered into a verbal agreement that Mashangwa would import the vehicle from South Africa and deliver it by 22 August 2014.

    On 20 July 2014 Mashangwa received $80,000 cash from Mango. The former then teamed up with Cosmas Mushaninga and went to South Africa for the vehicle

    On the 20th of September Mashangwa approached Mango asking for $36,000 which he said was meant for the payment of import duty and registration fees.

    Mashangwa then purportedly hatched a plan to evade paying duty and acted in cahoots with Mapfumo and Gonde, who were using their positions as ZIMRA officials to manufacture fake documents.

    In summary Upenyu Ignatius Mashangwa want to defraud the Man of the Cloth, which I think is not right at all

  5. John Mashangwa May 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    It is so clear that most people still don’t understand the issues
    pertaining to faith, Christianity or even religion in general. Upenyu
    Ignatius Mushangwa seems to be one of them. He clearly knows he did not
    seed anything to the Prophet, but rather was a contractor who actually
    received payment for the vehicle in the form of $80000 and further
    received a $36000 on top of that and the next thing he lays a claim that
    he SEEDED. He want to buy public sympathy and make merry to those who
    dont believe is seeding to party with the issue. Its a shame because the
    issue of his arrest for trying to defraud Magaya is in the open. I urge
    Upenyu to repent. Most people are now opening their eyes and repenting from such lies

  6. Legal practitioner May 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    The only abnormalities I see in this story are

    1. Admire Mango is poor and yet he could afford a car for $116,000

    2. Admire alleges he gave Mashangwa cash and all this was verbally agreed (like the second comment, honestly who parts with such huge amounts without anything in writing)

    3. There are now 5 people who have been nabbed in this case meaning everyone had a share, divide $36,000 by 5 its just $5,000 so for a big businessman like Mashangwa to put his reputation on the line for $5,000 is not practical

    4. It seems Magaya never wanted people to know he had a discovery 4, in his interview “Magaya opens up” he clearly states he was not into flashy cars

    5. The car was ordered in July but delivered in September, who gives someone money for a car and waits 2months for it to be delivered? It’s a days trip to jhb, all this alone shows they not very sure of the actual dates or month Mashangwa purchased the car from South Africa, because it was a gift.

    From my own summary Magaya was given the car as a gift as alleged, when Mashangwa decided to claim his car back, he then used Mango as a front, to keep his reputation clean. This way Magaya will not be called to court, it’s Admire Mango who will then attend court.

    Mango is saying he had a verball agreement with Mashangwa common sense will say, Magaya doesn’t have proof of ever giving Mashangwa money because it was a gift, the only way is to say the agreement was verbal.

    However if the case is now before the high court then the truth will come out. Magaya cannot avoid court anymore either him or mango will have o prove they gave Mashangwa the money.

  7. Stella Mashangwa May 4, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    I refer you to the links above. It is very clear that Mashangwa evaded duty by manufacturing fake docunents despite being paid the entire amount required to import the car from South Africa. And apparently this is not the first time he did this. He has appeared in court before inconnection with his shady deals.

    It’s a pity that he wants to soil the man of God with mud when he has been known for shady deals.

  8. Stella Mashangwa May 4, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    This article is very confusing. In any case Magaya is not Mashangwa’s spiritual father. This Mashangwa guy was once given a prophecy by a different prophet that he was going to own a house in Borrowdale Brooke. What did he do? He sold the only house he had soon after the prophecy and was almost stranded.That is Upenyu and Blessing Mashangwe for you. Do not take this couple seriously.

    • Deliverance needed May 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm #


  9. anonymous May 4, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Mese hamusi malawyer. Let he who has the most money bribe the system and win the case, just like the last time, period.

  10. shylet chikasha May 4, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Hapana nyaya apa.Vana Mushangwa,they are trying kutsvaga kutizxa mhosva yeduty,they are well known crooks in harare.Musakanganisa munhu wamwari,munoita munyama nazvo izvi.MBIRI KUNA JESU!!!!!

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  12. Ennie May 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    ummmm never mind Papa Magaya…there is something that is in you that the whole world dont even see….trying to tarnish your image will only take you to another level..Go forward with the wek of God Daddy

  13. hamilton brown May 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    upenyu why did he wait untill Zimra pounced on him, if the man of God really defrauded upenyu like he allergies then he is the one who was supposed to strike 1st way before zimra found him guilty for evading tax. why is upenyu suing Magaya when he clearly says he was beaten up by CID officers is he not supposed to sue ZRP???oh wait a minute ZRP ai budise cent, ko what about Zimra for character defamation??? oops he knows he is guilty and he doesn’t want to open a can of worms. for me this is just one of those well known pull him down media tactics. just like now many believe that the man of God is wrong and many wont even waste their time digging deep… they look at the head lines and they are like ha the man of God is guilty. last time they said he slept with someones wife, the next thing the guy says i’m sorry i never accused you of anything like that. zvikanzi nevamwe apiwa mari kuti anyarare, seriously… who can bribe you after you’ve filed a $500k lawsuit against them…the moment they offer you a bribe it simple means you have won the case and you can even raise your lawsuit.

    • Stella Mashangwe May 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      Exactly!!! It’s a small world and remember what goes around comes around. Upenyu and Blessing will surely reap what they have sown.The biggest mistake they have done is to allow themselves to be used to fight against this Magaya guy. Ummmmm, apa vazotamba nemoto. It’s getting exciting now!!! Magaya will surely laugh the last laugh. Remember he who laughs last laughs the longest. Tick tick tick the clock is ticking.

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