Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya has denied claims that he is engaged in a spiritual warfare with fellow charismatic preacher and leader of United Families International Church (Ufic), Emmanuel Makandiwa.
by XOLISANI NCUBE
He described the supposed tiff between the two as a creation of the two prophets’ enemies.
Although he did not name the enemy, Magaya said the supposed tussle between the two was as a result of lack of communication between the two prophets who last met six years ago and hardly spoke to each other over the phone.
“There is no fight at all but I just think that it is the enemy who wants to take advantage of lack of communication between me and my fellow prophet,” Magaya said.
The two preachers, who seemingly compete against each other, were last week at each other’s throat over an advert allegedly sponsored by one of PHD members to congratulate Makandiwa for coming third in a list of Zimbabwe’s most influential youths, in which Magaya was on top.
The Ufic church appeared to accuse Magaya and his ministry of sponsoring the advert although they did not mention him by name. Magaya’s PHD ministry in turn disowned the person who paid for the advert and said they did not know him.
Magaya told journalists who attended the all-night prayer dubbed Night of Turnaround 4 that the incident was unfortunate and blamed it on his enemies whom he said wanted to see the two prophets fighting.
“I was in Nigerian when that happened, when I returned I heard of the issue but there is no fight at all. We are not competing at all, we have different callings and our mission is not to compete, but we complement each other,” he said.
It was not easy to estimate the number of congregants that filled the vast expanse of the area that the PHD ministry headquarters is situated. The area is wedged between Waterfalls, along the Harare-Masvingo highway and Highfield high-density suburb, several kilometres away.
Among the tens of thousands that attended were government ministers Supa Mandiwanzira, Martin Dinha and Chris Mushohwe, deputy ministers Anastasia Ndlovu, Abigail Damasane and Paul Mavhima. There were also dozens of Members of Parliament from across the political divide.
The First Lady Grace Mugabe who had been expected to attend did not turn up.
To keep the multitudes entertained before his arrival and during breaks, Magaya invited Zimbabwe’s music legend, Oliver Mtukudzi, South Africa’s gospel star, Benjamin Dube and the country’s top gospel couple of Charles and Olivia Charamba.
Mtukudzi, who is accustomed to performing at secular hide outs and night clubs, put up a tantalizing act which saw the entire church dancing to his hits especially gospel rhythms.
Songs such as Hossana, Hear me Lord and Shamiso send the crowd into frenzy.
The gospel couple of Charamba and wife did not disappoint either as they paraded a breath-taking act which saw them belting out hits such as Kunamwari kudenga, Rute among other songs.
Sungura senior lecturer and now a member of the PHD praise and worship Nicholas Zacharia and dancehall artists, Shinsoman also had their fair share of the stage.