Beverly Sibanda’s manager, Happaz Mapimhidze has spoken out on how the dancer got to be part of Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministries.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
His revelations are likely to raise eyebrows among Magaya’s followers.
Mapimhidze, who complained of being sidelined by Magaya, said he and Bev were called by church members to attend a church service one Sunday in January while they were relaxing at the former dancer’s home after returning from Chegutu where they had performed the previous night.
“We had attended a PHD service in December but had almost forgotten about it as we have always sought assistance from different prophets,” said Mapimhidze.
“We went to the service and Magaya suggested to Bev that she change her line of business while promising her a container of clothing from China,” he said.
He said initially he believed they had just been ordinarily invited to the church, but has since realised it was all a publicity stunt.
“It so happened that while we were at the church that first time, a journalist friend called me and I told him we were at PHD with Bev only to see a story in the paper a few days later that we had been to the church,” said Mapimhidze.
“Knowing the nature of Bev’s job, it was sensational that she had been seen in church and I think Magaya then took advantage of that to bolster his media presence.”
Mapimhidze said he has decided to come out in the open because he feels he is cheating God since there is no sincerity in the alleged repentance.
He said numerous other ladies of the night and dancers also went to the church soon after the publication of the story.
“What worries me is that all the other girls that you guys report to have been funded by the church got nothing. Bev was said to be getting a container of clothes from Dubai but she only got money to get wares from Tanzania and South Africa,” said Mapimhidze.
“It is worrying that we used to live a life we could afford but now we have to kneel to the prophet begging for money. We want our lives back. All the other girls are starving and as the person that created and moulded the Sexy Angels brand I have to make sure it does not haunt me. I also need to survive.”
He said Bev has so far benefited in excess of US$10 000 from the church including rentals, welfare, school fees for her child and the shop whose rentals have been paid for three months.
“I am sure the figure now reaches US$10 000 with three months having been paid up on the shop rentals with a year’s lease,” said Mapimhidze.
PHD spokesperson Oscar Pambuka dismissed Mapimhidze as a confused individual.
He said he was shocked that Mapimhidze reports his issues to the media and soon afterwards seeks audience with the prophet.
“Who is Happaz (Mapimhidze)?” quipped Pambuka.
“Happaz was Bev’s manager before she repented and like I said this week (last week) we are not a bank. Happaz came to church expecting money and has realised there is no money because we are not a bank.
“Of all 90 000 congregants, why should we be worried about Happaz? No individual is bigger than the church, even the prophet himself. His issues are minute and we are no longer going to entertain his stories as we have bigger issues to deal with.”