Women rights groups have urged the government to set up a commission of inquiry to look into sexual allegations levelled against Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder and leader, Walter Magaya.
Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe chair, Ronika Mumbire told journalists on Friday that the issue should be looked into as a matter of urgency. She said:
As the Magaya allegations have caused public interest and alarm among the women of Zimbabwe and the society at large, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, therefore, call upon Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and other relevant authorities to commission an inquiry into Mr Walter Magaya and his church in order to establish the truth behind the allegations.
… Equally disturbing is the series of videos and images in circulation, where the women who had initially reported violations are withdrawing their reports through the same platforms.
This raises questions around the credibility of allegations, public confusion and backlash.
Two women, Sarah Maruta and Charity Dlodlo recently told a local paper that Magaya sexually abused them when they were attending his church. Surprisingly, the two women recanted of their confession, blaming the devil for using them.