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Prophet Magaya to donate $1000 to each bereaved family

The Founder and Leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, Prophet Magaya has disclosed that he is going to donate $1 000 to ea...

The Founder and Leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, Prophet Magaya has disclosed that he is going to donate $1 000 to each family which lost loved one(s) in the Friday stampede that killed 11 worshipers at his evening crusade at a Mbizo soccer stadium in Kwekwe.

The funds are meant for burial purposes.

The melee claimed four lives on the spot while ten others were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Prophet Magaya is the spiritual son of controversial Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, whose Scoan church is also reeling from a recent tragedy in which over 116 worshipers perished when a hostel collapsed.

It’s not yet clear what triggered the stampede but it took place as thousands of worshipers were coming out of the stadium at the end of the service.
The precast wall which was brought down by the congregants after police allegedly blocked the exit points. (Pic by Munyaradzi Musiiwa)According to some eyewitnesses, Police details who were manning the exit points are to blame as it is alleged they deployed teargas and wantonly assaulted people after sealing all the other exits.
Others were cautious, calling for an inquiry before pointing fingers.

Either way, observers say the incident raises questions about public safety and security at large church gatherings that have become commonplace in the country.

Reached for a comment , the Officer Commanding Midlands Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Mubaiwa confirmed that there was one exit point that was manned by police. He said the officers wanted to enumerate the people who were in the stadium.

He however said the problem started when the congregants were moving out and those in front started tripping due to the pressure that was coming from people behind them who were rushing to leave the stadium.

He said police at the main gate used force to control the crowds as they tried to rescue those who had fallen on the ground. He however dismissed reports that the police used tear smoke.

The carrying capacity of Mbizo Stadium is estimated at 7 000 and yet it is said a crowd of about 30 000 people is believed to have been at the crusade. IHarare
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