WALTER Mafuta, a Marondera Municipality worker who was assaulted by Prophetic Healing Deliverance (PHD) ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya’s bodyguards two weeks ago is struggling to pay his medical bills NewsDay can reveal.
Upon receiving the complaint of the assault from the police in Marondera, PHD spokesperson Oscar Pambuka promised that the church would foot the medical bills. Mafuta (34) who was last week rumoured to have received over $1 000 in compensation, says he has not received any assistance from the church.
He said after sustaining head and eye injuries he currently sits on a bill of $930 and has opted to get assistance from his employer and friends.
“They (PHD) said they were going to pay for my medical bills, but up to now they have not done anything and Pambuka is no longer picking my calls which is the only line of communication I have with the church as l was told that l cannot speak directly with the prophet himself,” said Mafuta.
He added: “My medical bill amounts to $930 and they have not paid for it that I have now resorted to begging people for money so as to settle my medical bills.”
Mafuta said the cold shoulder he is receiving from PHD only enhances the pain that he has already suffered from the beating.
“They are the ones that told me they would settle the issue outside court and now they are neglecting me,” Mafuta said sobbing.
“l did not know that it is a crime to walk while Magaya’s motorcade is passing.”
Pambuka yesterday said they could not assist Mafuta before the police close the case.
“We have been advised by the police not to act on it before they finish their investigations,” said Pambuka.
“I communicated with the police today and they say we have to wait for their investigations that are expected to be through by tomorrow (today).”
He said if they act against the advice of the police it will be taken as an attempt to gag the victim.