PROPHETIC Healing and Deliverance Church leader Prophet Walter Magaya yesterday filed a $20 million lawsuit against Alpha Media Holdings over an article published in the NewsDay insinuating that he faced murder charges following the death of a baby boy at his church.

The summons was filed yesterday at the High Court by Prophet Magaya's lawyer, Mr Everson Chatambudza of Rubaya and Chatambudza Legal Practitioners, under case number HC6184-2014.

Prophet Magaya's claim emanated from an article in NewsDay's July 17 2014 edition headlined "Magaya faces murder charges".

He is claiming US$20 million plus interest at the rate of 5 percent per annum calculated from the date of issuance of summons to the date of payment in full.

In the plaintiff's declaration, the lawyers argued that the article seriously damaged the character of Prophet Magaya considering that he leads a church with a large following.

The prophet contends that the article was false and highly defamatory.

"The article was wrongful, false, scandalous, malicious and defamatory of the plaintiff in that it was intended and was understood by the readers of the newspaper and its Internet page both locally and internationally that the plaintiff is a murderer, dishonesty, religiously and morally corrupt, unworthy and a hypocrite," read the declaration.

It was also stated in the papers that the "defamatory" article wrongly portrayed Prophet Magaya as a false prophet practising idolatry and involved in pagan tendencies.

Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of Newsday, had not yet responded to the summons at the time of going to print.




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bie
-1 # bie 2014-07-24 12:14
its shocking that a man of God seeks revenge and ask for such large amounts of money. I cant help but ask myself is this about character defamation or an opportunity to increase on the fortune
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bie
-1 # bie 2014-07-24 12:48
doesn't the MAN of God preach,peace,ha rmony,love,tole rance,togethern ess and above all forgiveness?As a Messanger of God,one would expect him to be humble,tolerant and forgiving especially to those who want to bring him down,he shouldn't be worried about those negative about him because with God on your side nothing can happen,the late,former President of South Africa,Nelson Mandela shook hands and dined with his jailers and Prosecutors,he was no Preacher nor Prophet
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zoe
0 # zoe 2014-07-24 12:50
Really?? how practical is it to sue for $20mil ? another clown suing case that will die a natural death like the rest. Whatever became of Makandiwa suing one of the newspapers of defamation of character as well. These cases don't seem to go anywhere. Just empty threats
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ole
0 # ole 2014-07-24 12:57
bie prophet is not seeking revenge but if the police should be called in to arrest a man of God because of false articles,then the prophet has the right to be protected.if one does not apologize after tarnishing ones image he must be forced to do that or else pay ones worth anyhow.
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Favour
0 # Favour 2014-07-24 13:09
Musatipedzere nguva media. We are tired of these lies. Mashaya dzimwe news here dzekunyora zvomonyora nezva Magaya daily. Give us a break please
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bie
0 # bie 2014-07-24 13:25
thank you Ole, I agree that people have got rights to seek legal justices in case they are wronged,etc,but this is no ordinary man,he is a Messanger of GOD,he should expect such occurances,even Jesus was not liked by everyone,I just think he should be a bigger person here
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Jonso
0 # Jonso 2014-07-24 16:49
LAW IS FOR EVERYONE MAGAYA. TO BE A MAN OF GOD DOES NOT MEAN TO BE ABUSED. VENYAMA UNORWA NAVO PANYAMA, VEMUCHADENGA, MUCHADENGA. EVEN 1 MILLION FROM THEM MAGAYA WILL DO. JUST TAKE IT. VADYAIRA KUNGONYORA ZVESE ZVESE VASINA KUFUNGA.
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bie
0 # bie 2014-07-24 17:27
in the Lord s prayer there is a segment that says,please forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against,I wonder if he teaches that prayer at Church,shouldnt we practice what we preach?
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Jonso
0 # Jonso 2014-07-25 08:42
Didn't God destroy Sodom and Gomora. Why didn't He forgive them. Didn't Jesus get angry with those who were doing business in the church. Why didn't he forgive them. But remember he forgave those who killed him, for they did not know what they were doing.
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bie
0 # bie 2014-07-25 08:56
yes indeed Sodom and Gomora were destroyed but why?Jesus got angry and weeped them why?We must be careful with taking parts of scripture and out of context to suit our purpose or argument,I humbley suggest go read the full stories and tell me if your arguement still makes sense on this topic_Amen
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eddie
0 # eddie 2014-07-25 13:24
what will you do if a thief breaks into your yard at night?do you come out holding a hym book or a bible? im talking to you who are criticizing the prophet. and in this case newsday are the "thief" whose agenda is to steal the reputation of the prophet
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