Eleven people were killed while many others sustained serious injuries in a stampede after Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries crusade at Mbizo Stadium.

 

Some of the people died in the stadium in the central town of Kwekwe, while others were declared dead on arrival in hospital, it was reported.

 

The stampede occurred as thousands of worshippers rushed to leave after the service by popular Pentecostal preacher Walter Magaya who was reported to have drawn over 300 00 people at an all nights prayer in Harare

 

Magaya is known for healings and miracles. Some witnesses accused the police of blocking most of the stadium exits and then firing tear gas as people battled to get through the only one left open.

 

The police have denied firing tear gas.

Mr Magaya, head of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, told a local newspaper that when he learnt of the deaths, it was “the saddest moment of my life”.