FORMER Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya has joined Prophet Walter Magaya’s fast growing Pentecostal church — Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) — where she is reportedly working in the prophet’s office.
Although it was not immediately clear what role Rushwaya would be doing, insiders said she was roped in to spruce up Magaya’s PHD image in the communication section of the church.
PHD ministries spokesperson Oscar Pambuka yesterday confirmed that Rushwaya had joined them.
“She has joined the church, but I will have to find out for you further details about her position in the ministry,” Pambuka said.
However, Pambuka was no longer picking up calls later in the day.
He also did not respond to messages left on his WhatsApp by the time of going to print.
But Rushwaya confirmed her membership to the PHD church, saying that she was on the publicity committee.
“It’s true I joined the ministry and I’m happy about my decision to turn my life to God,” she said, adding: “I am working on the committee, but it’s not true that I am the new spokesperson.”
Magaya’s ministry has of late become the most sought-after church after Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Families International Church (UFIC) and Uebert Angel’s Spirit Embassy.
PHD Ministry has also been in the news for wooing celebrities such as raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda to become part of its congregants.
Rushwaya becomes one of the many popular personalities, among them business executives, celebrities, government officials and sportspersons who have joined these new church ministries.
Other well-known personalities seen at these new ministries include government ministers Walter Mzembi, Ignatius Chombo and Webster Shamu and politicians like Philip Chiyangwa.
Rushwaya, a businesswoman in her own right, led a flamboyant life during her Zifa days where she hobnobbed with the who-is-who of the football world.
Rushwaya’s new life as a born-again Christian follows a chequered life where she has been in the courts on allegations of corruption and match-fixing scandals.
Late last year, she was acquitted by the Chitungwiza Provincial Magistrates’ Court where she was facing charges of match-fixing during the time she was still the Zifa supremo.
Rushwaya was also earlier involved in a bitter fight with Zifa over the ownership of the Warriors Trust properties which she claimed were donated to her.
Warriors Trust former patron, the late-vice President Joseph Msika, had appointed Rushwaya as the chief executive of the organisation.