Prophet Walter Magaya is a Zimbabwean prophet and the founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance (PHD) Ministries.
Before founding his P.H.D Ministries, the Prophet was a member of BLCC – Blood of The Lamb Christian Community.
Prophet Magaya was born on the 6th of November, 1983. He currently resides in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe with his wife – Tendai Katsiga-Magaya, who is a banker. The couple has two sons – Walter Jr and Yadah Makanaka.
Prophet Magaya gained attention in 2012 due to his association with Nigerian Prophet, T. B. Joshua.
He also gained further attention after allegedly converting popular Zimbabwean pole dancer Beverly Sibanda, commonly known as Bev.
The prophet has maintained his acquired attention by issuing controversial prophesies. One of which was in 2015, when he prophesied of a fire that would occur at Harare’s Central Business District. The prophecy apparently came true two weeks later.
In August 2016, Prophet Walter Magaya was arrested on rape charges. He was later released on a $2,000 bail. He is set to appear in court for a trial.
Bev ‘converted’ to Christianity in January 2014 after being ministered to by Prophet W Magaya. To convert her, the prophet promised her that his ministry would open a business for her.
While news of her conversion was a welcome news to some, many others doubted the durability of it – including Bev’s manager and her rival and fellow pole dancer, Zoey.
In March 2014, Prophet Magaya and P.H.D Ministries opened a clothing store for Bev.
Many criticized this move by Prophet Magaya, calling it a marketing strategy. After Bev’s conversion, Prophet Magaya became the go-to prophet for politicians and famous musicians in Zimbabwe.
Within three months, unfortunately, Beverly went back to pole dancing amid rumors of an alleged affair with the prophet causing a fallout with P.H.D Ministries. The failed opening of her clothes store was also a speculated reason for the falling out between Beverly Sibanda and Prophet Magaya.
As earlier mentioned, the Prophetic Healing And Deliverance was founded in 2012 when he returned from Nigeria, after an encounter with famed Nigerian Prophet – T. B. Joshua.
The prophet began performing extravagant miracles in Zimbabwe upon his return home.
The prophet admitted that he tried a number of businesses before being called to minister.
One of the most memorable nights in his ministry was the ‘Night of Turnaround 3: All Night Prayer from the 7th till 8th November, 2014.
Over 350,000 people were in attendance for the all night prayer – making it one of the largest congregations in the history of Zimbabwe.
Not only did people from all other the country attend, but also visitors from outside Zimbabwe. Famous celebrities and notable government officials were also in attendance.
The night was packed with entertainment from multiple local and international artists including Benjamin Dube – one of South Africa’s most popular gospel artists.
In 2014 also, Prophet Magaya hosted a church deliverance crusade in Kweke. A stampede broke out when people tried to gain access to the Prophet’s anointing oil – 11 people died during the stampede.
The prophet owns a TV channel – Yadah TV – where most of Prophet Magaya’s videos can be found. The TV channel also has a YouTube channel where most of the prophet’s sermons and miracles are posted.
Walter Magaya also has a construction company – Planet Africa – which seems to be constantly embroiled in drama.
It has been alleged that Planet Africa has received undue favors as a result of an improper relationship with the prophet and Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, the minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
In July 2016, Minister Saviour Kasukuwere was accused of giving land which had been reserved for Zanu-PF youths to Planet Africa as a result of their aforementioned relationship.
The prophet is an avid soccer fan, having played in his younger years.
On the 13th of May, 2015, when Zimbabwe’s football organization failed to raise sufficient funds to pay for the national soccer team to travel to South Africa for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) games, Walter Magaya donated $56,000 to the team. He prayed for them at his church as well.
This was not the last time he sponsored the national team’s expenses. He did so again in June, 2015 and has promised to do in 2017, for the team’s AFCON qualifier match.