Walter Magaya
Walter Magaya
ChurchProphetic Healing Deliverance (PHD) Ministries
Personal details
BornNgezi, Mhondoro
ResidenceHarare, Zimbabwe
SpouseTendai Katsiga-Magaya
ChildrenYadah Makanaka and Walter Junior
OccupationSenior Pastor and Prophet

Walter Magaya is the founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance (P.H.D) Ministries and one of the most celebrated modern day self-proclaimed prophets in Zimbabwe. Magaya, whose church meetings are well attended, rose to prominence in 2012 when he visited the Synagogue Church of All Nations(Scoan) in Nigeria where he received a prophecy from TB Joshua.[1] He had his popularity increase when he allegedly converted pole dancer, Beverly Sibanda in 2014. Magaya is also known for drawing crowds that are even bigger than his predecessors, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and Prophet Uebert Angel. His miracles ranges from alleged restoring madmen to converting satanists.


Magaya was born in Mhondoro Ngezi on 6 November.[2] He was a member of the Catholic Charismatic group called Blood of the Lamb Christian Community (BLCC) for many years in Chitungwiza where he grew up. Magaya has said that when he finished school he started an information technology company but later realised, in 2010, that he had to "drop everything and go into full time ministry."[3]

Magaya is married to Tendai Katsiga-Magaya who is a banker by profession]. The couple has two children, Yadah Makanaka and Walter Junior.

The birth of PHD

His visit to SCOAN Nigeria marked the birth of P.H.D Ministries. It is reported that he was guided to his God given mandate by the Holy Spirit through Senior Prophet T.B Joshua. from there in 2012, Magaya established P.H.D Ministries where he performed some local journalists term breath-taking miracles. The first miracle he performed was of Mr. Nyandoro, who was blind for 3 years and got his sight restored.[4]


  • Cancer healing

During one of Magaya's services, Theresa Mandishaya from Nyamidzi in Nyazura was allegedly healed from breastcancer. Mandishaya was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and lost one breast and mobility in most parts of her body. The cancer also crippled her back bone and for three years she could not walk. She also had to part with US$2 800 for the treatment. However when Magaya prayed for her the cancer was reportedly healed.[5]

  • Restoring Sanity

It is believed that this is the miracle that made Magaya to be popular. He reportedly healed a Chitungwiza mad man who had suffered mental instability for 30 years. It is further reported that Magaya, went on to build a house for the man and two people to monitor the man’s welfare at the house.

  • Conversion of a Satanist

One Kudzai Damba was reportedly cured from satanism by Magaya. He had allegedly joined the cult in 2010 after a friend persuaded him. Trouble started when he wanted to marry in 2013. He was asked by the satanism leader to kill his wife, an order he fiercely refused. To that end he lost everything and Magaya is taking care of his finances.[6]

Magaya and Beverly Sibanda (Bev)

In early 2014, Magaya reportedly converted Bev. Many people allegedly flocked to his church after the conversion. The likes of Sungura ace Alick Macheso, Douglas Chimbetu and Lawrence Simbarashe were witnessed at Magaya's church. Magaya went on to open a clothing shop for Bev. However, the two severed their ties after only three months when Bev was allegedly attacked by Magaya's bouncers.[7]

Night of Turnaround 3

The all-night prayer was held on Friday 7 to 8 November 2014. Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) founder Prophet Walter Magaya drew a staggering 350 000 people from Zimbabwe and across the region at his Waterfalls church’s all night prayer on Friday — undoubtedly making it one of the biggest congregations ever to grace the country.[8] The whole arena was filled to capacity as tens of thousands of people filled the chairs provided at the open air spaces at the event, with people occupying the areas between Waterfalls Falls then across Mukuvisi to Highfield. [8] According to some press reports, people from all over the country started to flock the religious venue from as early as 5 am. Those from outside the country were in Harare a few days before the prayer night.

The event was attended by several prominent artistes and some government officials. Some of the notable figures that attended the event were Zanu PF politburo member Tendai Savanhu and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss Karikoga Kaseke. Chimurenga musician Bryn Mteki was also part of the congregation.

Entertainment cum Prayer Night

The most unique aspects of the all-night prayer was a mixed bag of entertainment by various local and international performers. Dancehall musician Obey Makamure aka Tocky Vibes, surprised many who attended as he performed at the event. He brought life as he sang his motivational songs which won the hearts of thousands of congregants. Tocky Vibes considered to be more of a secular musician, performed his hit songs Mhai, Aenda Nenyika, and easily substituted the lyrics with words that suited the church event.The church’s choir was not to be outclassed as it did its own renditions of popular dancehall artistes’ songs like Winky D, Shinsoman and Tocky Vibes; throwing in lines like, “kuti PHD ndokuti church” (PHD is the church).[8] After Tocky Vibes' performance, Sabastian Magacha also came with his songs such as 1 plus 1 causing a stir on the worshippers.

Agatha Murudzwa and Mathias Mhere were some of the notable local artists who also performed. Benjamin Dube, believed to be the main attraction in terms of entertainment, proved why he is a popular gospel artist. The South African musician, serenaded the crowd with his soul soothing songs that include Bow down and worship, Ngiyamthanda uJesu and Bless the Lord, among other hits. The event was screened live on the church’s Yadah Television station and on the State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television.[8]

The Fire Prophecy

Magaya is said to have made a prophecy claiming that there would be a fire which would break out in town near a first street. The prophecy was said to have come true after a two week period when a fire broke out in the security guardroom after one of the guards had left the heater on.[9] The fire did not cause any harm as they were able to put it out before it caused it damage. Magaya commenting on the fire stated that

I spoke about it recently and I am happy that there were no fatalities. We prayed for it when we were given the prophecy and God responded to our call. Glory to the Almighty,” he said. Magaya had told thousands of his congregants during a church service in Waterfalls that he had been shown a vision of a building catching fire and immediately asked his flock to pray hard so that there would be no deaths or injuries.[9]

The prophecy was met with mixed feelings by members of the public some of whom were arguing that the building which was gutted by the fire is actually far more closer to Second Street than First Street. The prophet nonetheless claimed credit for his prophecy having come to pass just as he had predicted.


Magaya has been credited for being one of the biggest independent philanthropists in contemporary Zimbabwe. He donated USD $18 000 to one Pretty Xaba a Zimbabwean actress who wanted to go for a cancer surgery in India.[10] Magaya has also contributed immensely to orphanages, children's homes, old people's homes and clinics. He has also been credited for promoting local informal traders, vendors, and even musicians through inviting them to perform at his church.


Unlike most of the prominent prophets of contemporary Zimbabwe society such as Emmanuel Makandiwa and Uebert Angel, Magaya seems a very humble man from his dress code to the kind of vehicle that he drives. On most of his public appearances, Magaya does not put on designer clothing like his aforementioned contemporaries, instead he is usually spotted putting on ordinary track-suits and a pair of sandals. In sharp contrast to the likes of Eubert Angel who owns top of the range vehicles, private helicopter and Makandiwa who moves around in a motorcade, Magaya moves around in a toyota Demio.[2]

Political Affiliation

Magaya has remained unclear on his political affiliation. He however raised questions when he made a public statement that Robert Mugabe the president of Zimbabwe was God-given and people should stay loyal to him. He implored the people to stay put under his leadership and there was no better leader than him. [11] Because of this, there was widespread speculation that Magaya was falling for the nationalist party ZANU PF.

Killer Crusade

Magaya was in the media when 11 people died in a stampede at his church crusade held in Kwekwe in November 2014. The leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministry torched the storm from social commentators and analysts who tried to explain the incidence from various standpoints. Witnesses said the incident happened as a result of stampede to get the anointing oil while some said it came after police shut all exit points and left only one hence the stampede.

Speaking to the media after the disaster, Magaya insisted that while Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) and himself were also to blame as organisers and owners of the event, there was no need for finger pointing at the moment.He said that;

“I want to make it clear that as PHD, we have not blamed the police for the disaster, we were also supposed as a church to ensure that all the worshippers were safe.

“What is important now is for the authorities to carry out investigations with a view of making sure we avoid such a scenario again." [12]

Magaya on Vapositori

Magaya denounced the Apostolic Sects and or churches which are popularly known as vapositori as marine spirits from the dark kingdom. In his book entitled Marine Spirits : Mweya Yemumvura Teaching, Magaya stated that,vapositori are derived from spirits that reside in the marine kingdom and they do not believe in the Bible, which is the manual book for those who believe in Christ.[13] Magaya further stated that, the marine kingdom is all about water and the fact that the vapositori's shrines resemble a marine kingdom (bottles of water which usually surround their so called holy place) shows that the vapositori are connected to the marine kingdom which is a kingdom of darkness. Notwithstanding this, in Magaya's church they is the frequent mentioning and use of holy water more like the vapositori. Moreover, Magaya argued that, the vapositori are prophets of doom as their prophecies are always about doom and failure of the church and or congregates.[13]

Responding to this, Johannes Ndanga who is the president of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe described Magaya as the one who is possessed with demons and not the vapositori on the basis that he failed to for see the Kwekwe stampede.[13].

Magaya's Sermons

The Spirit of Unbelief Sermon

Sermon on How to Pray

Resurrection Power Sermon

The Power of Eord Sermon

Sermon on Two Most Important Words


  1. Learnmore Zuze, Prophet Magaya's breath-taking miracles, 'DailyNews', Published: 9 Jan 2014, Retrieved: 19 May 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tendai Kamhungira Magaya opens up, Daily News, Published: November 6, 2014, Retrieved: January 5, 2015
  3. Ropafadzo Mapamhidze, Miracle healing: Is it real?, NewsDay, Published:20 Jul 2013, Retrieved:9 Dec 2014
  4. Prophet Walter Magaya, 'PHD Ministries', Published: ND, REtrieved: 19 May 2014
  5. Phyllis Mbanje, Miracle healings draw crowds to PHD ministries, 'The Standard', Published: 28 Jul 2013, Retrieved: 19 May 2014
  6. 'I am a satanist',
  7. Prophet Magaya bouncers assault Bev, New Zimbabwe, Published: 23 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 19 May 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 T. Kamhungira and V. Chaya, Magaya draws 350 000 to church, "Daily News", published:10 Nov 2014,retrieved:15 Nov 2014"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mugove Tafirenyika Magaya prophecy comes to pass, Daily News, Published: January 18, 2015, Retrieved: January 20, 2015
  10. S. Chese, Magaya Donates 18k to Xaba, "The Herald", published:7 Oct 2014,retrieved:15 Nov 2014"
  11. P. Zivengwa, President God-given, Magaya, "The Chronicle", published:7 Nov 2014,retrieved:15 Nov 2014"
  12. N. Chingono, Walter Magaya calls for calm, "Daily News", published:23 Nov 2014,retrieved:01 Dec 2014"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Mugove Tafirenyika, Magaya blasts Vapositori, Daily News, published:22 Jan 2015,retrieved:23 January 2015"