COMMISSIONER-GENERAL of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Godwin Matanga has said the law enforcement agents are already looking into the matter in which PHD Ministries founder Walter Magaya stands accused of raping a 17-year old girl he had allegedly adopted as his child.
Matanga said he was happy that through social media, Zimbabweans were helping the police in raising issues of this nature, adding that police will definitely get to the bottom of the matter.
The incident allegedly took place in early 2013, but only came to light last week through UK-based playwright Enisia Mashusha’s programme — The A-List Show — which seeks to fight for the girl child.
Mashusha in a recent episode of her online show interviewed the parents of the abused girl, Godfrey and Molly Maenzanise, who claimed the popular preacher impregnated their under age daughter and dumped her.
The parents revealed Magaya had sex with their seventeen year old daughter in the prayer room, toilet and everywhere at a time they looked up to him as a spiritual father.
The parents, who are now living in Zambia, also claimed Magaya admitted to impregnating their daughter Chenai and promised to take care of the baby.
“My daughter sent me a text message while I was at Walter Magaya‘s church service in 2016 and revealed that her baby had been fathered by Magaya,” said Molly, who had trouble fighting back the tears.
She said her daughter had for two years been evasive as to who was the father of her pregnancy. The pregnancy happened in 2013 when Walter Magaya and his wife Tendayi offered to ‘adopt’ Chenai and her other sibling because their father Godfrey was bed ridden and struggling with school fees.
Following the latest revelations, Walter Magaya and his aides have reportedly become evasive.
The Daily News reports that it tried to contact Magaya’s lawyer Everson Chatambudza who said he was in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations and referred all questions to a senior official at PHD Ministries Admire Mango.
Mango ignored all communications sent to him by the media.
The Maenzanises said they reported Magaya to Harare Central Police CID Section in 2017 but nothing has been done so far.
“When we reported the case we were told to go back; they later called us and told us Magaya was ready to compensate all damages for us as parents and take care of our daughter’s child. We agreed because of the respect we had for him but he failed to honour his promises.
“We are now afraid that Magaya will use his influence to suppress our voices and evade justice, ” Molly has told the Daily News.
Molly said while they will continue putting legal pressure on Magaya, they will also use social media to raise the issue even though some who believe Magaya is innocent will attack them.
“We are aware of the consequences we are going to suffer especially at the hands of those who follow and blindly defend Walter Magaya without profound knowledge of the man.
“We are now spiritually and mentally prepared to face the varying reactions from the world as a family, ” said the parents.
The matter took an intriguing turn on Saturday when the alleged victim, Chenai, went on Facebook live on Saturday together with her husband and said she was never raped.
In statements which many said showed disrespect for her parents, Chenai said whoever had raised the rape allegations was doing it for his or her own personal benefit.
She however did not state whether or not she had sex with Magaya.
This is not the first time Magaya has been accused of sexual crimes, with alleged victims suddenly eventually developing cold feet in pushing for justice.
Last year the controversial preacher appeared before High Court judge Justice Amy Tsanga facing tape charges against a female congregant in 2015. The charges also included unlawful termination of pregnancy and obstruction of justice.
There are several other cases of a similar case which have piled up over the years.