Prophet Walter Magaya is among the most celebrated self proclaimed prophets in Zimbabwe and is the founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries (P.H.D). Magaya rose to prominence in 2012 after his visit to T. B. Joshua (of SCOAN) who is believed to have anointed him to became a ‘great’ prophet. His popularity increased when he allegedly converted Beverly Sibanda who is affectionately known as Bev a renowned poll dancer in 2014. Magaya has been a force to reckon with, out maneuvering his predecessors Emmanuel Makandiwa and Uebert Angel. He has performed a wide range of miracles.
In August 2016, he was arrested on rape charges and released shortly after on $2,000 bail.
Prophet Magaya was born on 6 November 1983 in Mhondoro Ngezi and he grew up in Chitungwiza. He was a member of the Catholic Charismatic group named Blood of the Lamb Christian Community (BLCC) for many years. Magaya is married to Tendai Magaya (nee Katsiga) who is a banker by profession. The couple have two sons, Yadah Makanaka and Walter Junior.
The birth of PHD
Prophet Magaya began his ministry in 2012 when he returned from Nigeria where he had an encounter with T. B. Joshua who guided him to his God given mandate. Since then, Magaya has been performing breathtaking miracles which are believed to have drawn the attention of many causing havoc to his predecessor’s congregates. Magaya states that he tried out a number of ventures before realising that ministry was his calling.
Miracles he has performed
Prophet Magaya has performed a number of miracles. The first miracle he performed was praying for the restoration of a Mr. Nyandoro’s sight. Mr Nyandoro was blind for 3 years.
- Cancer healing
During one of Prophet Magaya’s services, Theresa Mandishaya from Nyamidzi in Nyazura who was diagnosed as suffering from breast cancer in 2011 and had lost one of her breasts as a result of the disease was reportedly healed. Doctors failed to help Mandishaya and for three years she was unable to walk. However, when Magaya prayed for her she was restored to health.
- Restoring Sanity
Prophet Magaya reportedly healed a Chitungwiza man who had suffered from mental instability for 30 years. Magaya, went on to build a house for the man and appointed two people from his church to cater for the man.
- Conversion of a Satanist
One Kudzai Damba was reportedly saved from satanism by Magaya. It was reported that Damba joined a certain Satanic cult in 2010 after being persuaded by one of his friends. In 2013, when Damba was about to marry, he was asked by the cult’s leader to kill his wife, an order he fiercely refused. After being saved, Damba lost everything and Magaya vouched to take care of him.
Night of Turnaround 3 All night Prayer
This all-night prayer, dubbed Night of Turnaround 3 was held on Friday 7 to 8 November 2014 and more than 350 000 people attended this all night prayer, undoubtedly making it one of the biggest congregations recoreded in Zimbabwean history. It was reported that, people from all over the country flocked the religious venue from as early as 5 am and 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 and Bryn Mteki.
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. ZimDancehall musician Tocky Vibes performed at the 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). After Tocky Vibes’ performance, Sebastian Magacha also came with his songs such as “1 plus 1” causing a stir with the worshipers.
Agatha Murudzwa and Mathias Mhere were some of the notable local artists who also performed. Benjamin Dube, one of the most celebrated South African gospel musician also performed. The event was screened live on the church’s Yadah TV station and on the State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television.
The Fire Prophecy
In early 2015, Prophet Magaya is prophesied that there would be a fire which would break out in the Central Business District of Harare near First Street. Two weeks later this prophecy apparently came true. No fatalities and damages were caused by the fire and Magaya claimed that he also prayed for that.
In August 2016, Magaya was arrested on rape charges. He was released on US $2,000 bail shortly afterwards to appear in court again for trial. Magaya had indicated days earlier that he was a target of extortion.
Around that same July 2016 Magaya’s construction company Planet Africa is said to have signed a memorandum of agreement with the ministry for 300ha. Documents indicate Planet Africa paid a deposit of US$100 000 on August 10. On August 17 Minister Saviour Kasukuwere withdrew all offer letters except for Magaya’s company, Planet Africa.
Conversion of the Pole Dance, Bev
In early 2014, Prophet Magaya reportedly converted popular exotic dancer Beverly Sibanda and it was reported that, many people joined Magaya’s church after this. Prophet Magaya opened a boutique for Bev as a way of helping her to eke a living since she was no longer a pole dancer. However, the two severed their ties after three months when Bev was allegedly attacked by Magaya’s bouncers.
In November 2014, a church crusade was hosted by Prophet Magaya in Kwekwe of the deliverance of the people. As a result of a stampede when people tried to access anointing oil, a total of 11 people would die in the stampede. Sections of the media would however accuse the police of having closed all exits and leaving only one, thus making it difficult for people to get out.
Attack on Vapositori
Prophet Magaya denounced Apostolic Sects and churches which are popularly known as Vapositori, accusing them of being marine spirits from the dark kingdom. In his book entitled Marine Spirits : Mweya Yemumvura Teaching, Magaya states 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. Magaya further stats 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 holy place) shows that the vapositori are connected to the marine kingdom which is a kingdom of darkness. However it is noted that in PHD Ministries there is frequent mentioning and use of holy water similar to vapositori.
A war of words would ensure, with government officials jumping into the debate.
Helping Sick People
Magaya is also said to contribute to orphanages, children’s homes, old people’s homes and clinics.
Helping small businesses
He has also been credited for promoting local informal traders, vendors, and even musicians through inviting them to perform at his church.
Donating to Zimbabwe National Soccer Team
On 13 May 2015, Magaya donated $56,000 to the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team ahead of its COSAFA games in South Africa after the country’s main football organisation, ZIFA, failed to raise enough money to pay for the trip to South Africa. Players were ordered by ZIFA to attend Magaya’s church session by ZIFA officials and at the church service were handed gifts and the prophet prayed for them 
On 12 June 2015, Magaya once again paid for the men’s national soccer team’s expenses paying their outstanding allowances and committing to pay for travel expenses to Malawi for their AFCON 2017 qualifier match.
Magaya had previously donated funds to the National Women’s Soccer team following the team’s financial challenges.
Speculations were rife that Prophet Magaya is aligned to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party. Magaya however dispelled such speculations. He however raised questions when he made a public statement that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was God-given and people should stay loyal to him.
In 2015, Magaya is said to have announced that he was set to roll out a USD$10 Billion dollar project which included a number of partners including his company Yadah TV.
Affiliation With Gunners Football Club
In 2015 Magaya was rumoured to a have interests in purchasing shares of Premier Soccer League side Gunners FC who were currently in a crisis of relagation. His abundant love for the sport led him to purchasing major shares in the club in an agreement that he would acquire the controlling stake from club founder Cuthbert Chitima, who is also an Elder in his church, Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.
The prophet was always a keen footballer as a youth and enjoyed everything football.
Magaya promises to bring success to the club he supported in his boyhood and expresses his plans to complete the construction of a multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art multi-sports complex in Waterfalls, which he had abandoned midway into the project, but also help national football teams both financially and spiritually.
Unlike other prominent prophets in the country, Prophet Magaya has been credited for his humility as he prefers to be identified as a common man who is anointed however.