Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder, Prophet Walter Magaya told H-Metro this morning that he had received information that of the 11 people that have been confirmed dead included a pregnant woman and three minors.
The crusade was originally meant for Thursday and Friday but today’s service has since been cancelled following the tragedy.
Prophet Magaya had already left the venue when the stampede occurred and he had to rush back to the venue upon getting news of the stampede.
"I am gutted…. I had already left the venue when I got news that there was commotion at the venue and moments later I was told of people seriously injured. Within minutes I was told that eight people had died and others were serious. I rushed back to the venue and it was very sad, the saddest moment of my life. As of this morning I am made to understand that three more died and of the dead include a pregnant woman and a child. I will be meeting with the authorities and all stakeholders before we can issue an official statement on the tragedy."
A shaken Prophet Magaya said he will take the blame for the tragedy.
"This was our event and as a church we have to take the blame for the tragedy. It is still too early to say what caused the stampede but the fact that the stampede took place at the venue means that part of our system failed to function."
Meanwhile, there are rumours that five more people could have died this morning bringing the total number of deaths to 16, but My Zimbabwe News could not authenticate these claims though they came from a member of Prophet Magaya's church official.