Magaya attack on Vapostori provokes character scrutiny

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Learnmore Zuze

In the study of law, there is a very interesting phenomenon in the rules of evidence, which is known as character evidence. The leading and reception of evidence in legal proceedings is bound by many rules and character evidence is chief among the rules.

Character evidence is a way of looking into the character of an accused person with a view to understanding whether he is a likely person to commit a particular offence. Character evidence is evidence of tendency or disposition.

For example, when a person has been accused of theft, character evidence is the type of evidence which seeks to dig into the character of the person and past tendencies to see the person’s likelihood of committing such an offence. It’s evidence that borders around the credibility of an accused person.

However, one of the best things I know about the law is that it does not allow or admit the use of character evidence, as a general thing, because of its obvious prejudicial effect.

True, the person in the example may be facing a theft charge, but digging into his past may prejudice him in the specific instance since he may be innocent, hence its inadmissibility.

The law prefers to deal with every matter in its own context. It will be wrong to convict someone simply because he is the likely person to commit a certain offence. There are limited circumstances in which use of character evidence is allowed. One such instance is when a person holds themselves as credible and not the type of person to commit a particular act. In other terms, casting aspersions or pointing fingers is a way of amplifying one’s own credibility. Thus, one becomes a good candidate and literally invites scrutiny of his own character by pointing fingers.

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries’ Walter Magaya is currently in the eye of a storm after he wrote a second piece of work purportedly exposing apostolic sects. Apostolic sects refer to the countless groups of white garment-donning worshippers who, among other things, shave their heads and are conspicuous with their long beard.

They also have clay pots on their shrines and use stones and water for healing. They do not read from the Bible. Magaya launched a stinging attack on them, alleging that they are powered by the underworld of the marine kingdom. Magaya states among other things that apostolic sects are used by a marine spirits, hence their insistence on congregants to remove shoes at their kirawa (place of worship) and their insistence on males to fold trousers to knee level because they would be operating, spiritually, in water. Magaya made a lot of remarks with a damning effect to the apostolic faith and naturally, this has stirred bumblebees, which are presently swarming around him.

Now, there is no problem with anyone exposing false religion. In fact, it is crucial to expose false religion as it saves thousands, if not millions, labouring under delusion. It is undeniable that Magaya shows, in his publication, that he possesses intimate knowledge of the happenings in apostolic groups. But as the old saying goes: “Those who live in glass houses must not throw stones.”

Members of the vapostori baptising a fellow member in flowing Mukuvisi river near Waterfalls on Sunday

This saying is succinct and pregnant with self-evident sense. Most people think it’s just a secular saying, but a clear analysis would show that it was Jesus Christ’s philosophy. He said to an overexcited crowd that had gathered to stone an adulterous woman: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” This was Christ’s way of saying they were all guilty and none had the moral ground to attack or shame the woman.

By condemning others, one draws the limelight to themselves and this, whether consciously or unconsciously, is what Magaya has done to himself. Condemning others carries a latent message that one is more credible. He has provoked character evidence. He has opened the floodgates to closer scrutiny of his West African-linked ministry.

Any conduct to dig into the alleged clandestine operations of PHD ministries is now well in place and justifiable. The gateway has been opened for apostolic sects to hit back and already they have justly begun firing from all cylinders. People will not be wrong to try and really get to the bottom of how the adultery lawsuit in which Magaya was dragged to the courts by a man claiming that he was bedding his wife actually ended.

People would not be wrong to want graphic details of how exactly one woman, Chipo Chakanyuka, an usher with PHD, committed suicide in a Botswana prison after she was caught with three pieces of gold at the border post while on church business.

People would also want detail on how 11 innocent souls perished in Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe where an inquest is yet to be done.
People may also want to really understand the link between West Africa and Magaya’s healing powers and who exactly christened him a prophet, among other things. Magaya has ignited a voracious fire that promises to rage on. He should have known better than to continue attracting controversy in this manner.

I believe people should heed Christ’s sage advice: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

l Learnmore Zuze writes in his personal capacity. He can be contacted on email: lastawa77@gmail.com

26 COMMENTS

  1. I am not Magaya’s follower but have read his two books Marine Spirits part 1 and Marine Spirits part 2. Mr Writer you seem to be mixing up issues here. The issue is not about one’s character here but it is about beliefs. When mapostori themselves have openly confesssed that they are not a church but a religion. They do not read the Christian Bible because they have their own sufficient reference point in the things of God. They are an African Traditional Religion and Jowani Masowe is not a Christian appendage.

    That leaves us with questions whether the writer is a christian himself or he is on the other side.

    I refer you to the links below:-

    http://www.newzimbabwe.com/opinion-23061-Magaya+Mugabe%E2%80%99s+willing+lieutenant/opinion.aspx

    http://www.newzimbabwe.com/opinion-23061-Magaya+Mugabe%E2%80%99s+willing+lieutenant/opinion.aspx

    An extract of traditional healers’ response to vapostori. Traditional Healers – Zinatha director-general George Kandiero said some of the vapostori were members of Zinatha.

    “Zinatha is a registered organisation and for your own information, we have some vapostori who are members of Zinatha. We are under one umbrella and all fall under TMPC (Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Council) that registers healers, vapostori and herbalists

  2. If he is lying why can’t they go to his church and expose him rather than going to the media , don’t be like politicians . Go ahead and expose him

  3. I read in another article and it was so clear that Mapositori do not use the bible because it is actually another religion that is not christianity

  4. An extract from Newsday article titled ‘Traditional healers blast vapostori’ – Zinatha director-general George Kandiero said some of the vapostori were members of Zinatha and utterances by Ndanga could fuel tension among faith healers.

    “Zinatha is a registered organisation and for your own information, we have some vapostori who are members of Zinatha. We are under one umbrella and all fall under TMPC (Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Council) that registers healers, vapostori and herbalists.”

    An extract from New Zimbabwe article titled ‘Magaya: Mugabe’s willing religious lieutenant’ – We know we are not a church but a religion. We do not read the Christian Bible because we have our own sufficient reference point in the things of God. We are an African Traditional Religion and Jowani Masowe is not a Christian appendage.

    What is your comment on that Mr Writer? Don’t you think that this is not about character assassination but these are issues of faith…….

  5. An extract from Newsday article titled ‘Traditional healers blast vapostori’ – Zinatha director-general George Kandiero said some of the vapostori were members of Zinatha and utterances by Ndanga could fuel tension among faith healers.

    “Zinatha is a registered organisation and for your own information, we have some vapostori who are members of Zinatha. We are under one umbrella and all fall under TMPC (Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Council) that registers healers, vapostori and herbalists.”

    An extract from New Zimbabwe article titled ‘Magaya: Mugabe’s willing religious lieutenant’ – We know we are not a church but a religion. We do not read the Christian Bible because we have our own sufficient reference point in the things of God. We are an African Traditional Religion and Jowani Masowe is not a Christian appendage.

    What is your comment on that Mr Writer? Don’t you think that this is not about character assassination but these are issues of faith….

  6. Magaya just visited Nigeria
    Like any other visitor to that Church.
    They are totally different. & not as his spiritual father as he says
    Ask him where he gets his powers?

  7. Great article.
    It is very clear that Magaya is using evil spirits from West Africa.
    It’s very surprising that if you want to be a prophet first visit west Africa’s prophets…then you perform miracles.

    Pamberi nengoma neshoko maZion!
    Pamberi ne nengoma neshoko Vapostori!
    Amen!

  8. Vapostori kunamata kwedu kunobva pakuroverwa kwaKristu ndiko kusaka tichinamata Chishanu. Sabata redu rinotanga Thursday kusvika Friday. Mbiya, tsanga nenhokwe zvinhu zvinoshandiswa mukuita basa raMwari uye zviine zvazvinomiririra. Zvinesignificance yakasiyana neinorehwa naMagaya. These things were being used kubva nguva yaKristu. Johhane aibhabhatidza vanhu saka toti aishandiswa nemarine spirits?, iye Jesus akabhabhatidzwa totizve akashandiswa nemarine spirits? Vanhu vanofamba nezvinhu zvavasinganzwisisi ndiyo problem. If you search for christian artefacts muchaona zvakawanda hapana kana chinoshamisa pazvinhu zvinoshandiswa nevapostori. Magaya haana chaanoziva, dai abvunza futi Mwari wake amuudze futi kwete kuita mislead people. Kana aine vapostori vaasingawirirane navo ngaataurirane navo. At the heart of chipostori pana Mwari varikutaura varikutungamirira vanhu vatema. Vapostori vakabudirira muupenyu hwavo variko jahwi tingapedze nguva kuswera tichikurukura vanhu vasina information yezvavarikutsoropodza. I am also surprised nevanhu vanongoti heee Mwari waMagaya nekuda kwekutadza kuzvinamatira. Chipostori chinodzidzisa munhu kuzvimiririra pakunamata, kuchengeta gumi remitemo, netsika nemagariro zvevanonamata kwete kuswera uchiti zvanzi naMagaya. Hatibviswe pakutakura muchinjiko nekuti vaMagaya vati paTV pavo or anywhere ngavaite zvavarikuita isu tichiitawo zvedu. Seeking to have us banned is illogical coz kunamata kwedu hakuite hurt anyone unless urimuroyi kana mhombwe……

  9. Most students of the bible agree that the verse let he without seen cast the first stone does not exist in the original bible scripts it’s a blatant insertion just saying ……so for you to base your analysis on a dubious verse I reserve my comment

  10. But y this people do not read H/Bible that’s a sign which will shows a lot . so me with my God I love this battle Prophet Magaya is okay he even say uyai namwari wenyu wani then iye womira naMwari wake timboona who is great

  11. if i may ask Mapositori ose atinoona akapfeka nguwo chena havaverengi bible here, i hev seen some vachiparidza nebible wani unless VaMagaya vataura kty chechi yakati, i dnt painting every1 muspostori with the same brush is fair

  12. vakomana murikutamba namwari imwi siyai zvamurikuita izvi, magaya wakatumwa namwari mucharohwa neshamhu inorwadza.

  13. Please get the facts correct.Chipositori comes from the followers of Jesus Christ,originally as the twelve disciples.Anyone who believes in Christianity obviously reads the bible and / or uses one and no matter what some people would like to call themselves, you are not a Christian if you do not practice what Jesus Christ said or did.It is definitely not written anywhere in the bible that Jesus Christ had either a shrine or used artefacts such as mbiya,matombo,tsvimbo and the like.Jesus Christ also didnot teach about vengeance but love for one’s enemies and his/her families and preached forgiveness instead.It is unfortunate that the name Mapositori has been highjacked by sangomas and n’angas, now that it is no longer fashionable to trade under that name. Yes, the muteuro that these mapositori give is another form of mutombo or mushonga and they can even command ‘spirits’ to cause sickness and / or death whenever necessary. That is obviously power from the dark kingdom and all right minded christians must condemn such misrepresentations and deceptions.

  14. Usaona katanda kari muziso remumwe iwe usingaone rako zidanda Mutongi ndimwari hamusirimi vanhu musa shora machrch. Evamwe cz watikunamata ndimwari mumwe chete and tese tikunamatira kty tigowana nhaka kudenga mukafa hamuendeswe kudenga naMagaya kana nemprofita unono zvimiririra wega. Saka zvese zvamukutaura hazviendese kudenga tsva mwari wako wega kwete kuda zviri nyore

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