Popular Prophetic and Healing Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Prophet Walter Magaya on Sunday claimed there was a smear campaign against him by his enemies who are spreading malicious lies.
Magaya said this amid reports his aides had assaulted a congregant in Malbelreign, Harare, at his instigation and a police report filed against the church leader and his hangers on.
"There are some newspapers who called me saying I had beaten up a person. That is not true," Magaya told thousands of his followers who were attending the churches Big Sunday in the capital.
"Why would I beat up a person and come to stand before you? I do not have power to beat up people, but I have power to pray. Someone goes to a police station and say it is Magaya."
He warned his supporters to be careful as there were some people with unknown motives out to tarnish his image through mean acts such as blackmailing and fabricating malicious cases.
Magaya said he will soon increase his security in a bid to track down those rivals targeting new convents.
"This is the seventh time that my name has been dragged in such issues. You can't fight against me, but against your testimony. Anyway we will beef up the security so that we see who these people are," Magaya said.
Before Magaya's address, a Harare woman Charity Makurumidze gave a testimony that she was offered $100 000 by some men to feature in a video meant to destroy Magaya's image.
In her testimony before thousands of congregates drawn from all over the country, Makurumidze said the men had promised her a "heaven on earth" if she had agreed to smear Magaya.
"After my deliverance, I met three men in town who promised me money and a house if I appeared in a video claiming that Prophet Magaya is fake, not a man of God," Makurumidze said. "They promised to give me $100 000, but I declined. They wanted me to lie about Magaya to an extent of threatening to kidnap and torture me if I don't comply."
Since the sprouting of 'miracle working churches' led by young prophets, a battle for membership and supremacy has ensued among the new crop of church leaders whose messages are centred on earthly wealth and the gospel of prosperity.
Meanwhile, thousands of people throng the Waterfalls venue for the Big Sunday service where the man of cloth was distributing new anointing oil for free.
Police had a torrid time to disperse the crowd and people continued streaming in to be 'delivered' from various afflictions by the 'miracle performing Magaya'.
Some congregants, who were still outside by midmorning, had to go back as the venue was packed to the rafters and were told to come back this Wednesday so that they can be attended to.