Controversial religious leader Walter Magaya has found his name headlining again this time as members of his church complain about his housing scheme that doesn’t look like it will take off anytime soon, Zim Morning Post reports.
According to sources that spoke to the publication, the housing scheme was launched in 2016 but the groundwork is yet to commence at the site three and a half years later.
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PHD members were told that for them to be beneficiaries of the scheme, they were supposed to be a life partner and to be a life partner they had to pay a monthly subscription fee of US$20 which accrues if one defaults.
A source that spoke to the publication said:
I made a once-off US$1 050 payment so I benefit from the scheme. But it has been long and I am still paying the US$20 life-partnership levy every month.
The Westgate housing project is yet to be completed, but nothing is happening there. This means I can die without having that house,
I was asked to submit a withdrawal application since I said I was no longer able to continue making the US$20 needed to remain a member of the project as per requirement. I was also told to wait for the processing of what I had contributed. Now I am being told my contribution of US$1 050 would be paid back to me as ZWL1 050, using the 1:1 rate recently ruled by the Supreme Court
Another couple that spoke to the publication said:
We paid US$3 500 once-off payment, expecting to be proud owners of a home but our dreams were dashed. We are now being told that we will be paid ZWL3 500 for all our US$3 500. That is not fair
Over the years Magaya has headlined for different reasons but mainly for se_xual abuse-related claims.
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