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Walter Magaya dragged to court of law on rape charges

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Popular Harare cleric Walter Magaya was, on Saturday, dragged to the courts charged with raping a 25-year-old Midlands State University (MSU) student.

Magaya, founder of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance church, appeared before magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe who released him on $2,000 bail with stringent reporting conditions. The ‘prophet’ was ordered to report to the police three times a week, surrender his passport and to continue residing at his Mt Pleasant home in the capital.

Represented by lawyers Everson Chatambudza and Oliver Marwa of Rubaya and Chatambudza legal practitioners, Magaya was told to return to court on September 15.

According to prosecutor, Gwinyai Shumba, the incident occurred in June last year when Magaya invited MSU student Petronella Donhodzo Mandaza to his Mt Pleasant property. Court heard that after arrival, Magaya showed the student around the house before leaving her in one room.

State alleges that the cleric later returned to the room naked and forced himself on the student, raping her once without using protection. After the attack, Magaya is reported to have given the student $200.

 
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