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Walter Magaya opts for out of court settlement in botched stands deal

Controversial Harare-based preacher, Walter Magaya, has opted for an out-of-court settlement with a family which had sued him for failing to fulfil a promise to build a house for them under a botched housing project in Douglasdale, Bulawayo.

As reported by the Chronicle, the lawsuit was filed by Charles Chapindura and his wife under case number WCSCC 324/24.

They were demanding US$4 100 from Magaya, who is the founder and leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD).

The family accused Magaya of failing to provide the promised residential stand. Magaya had been scheduled to appear at Western Commonage Court on Tuesday, 14 May but he convinced the Chapindura family for an out-of-court settlement. Reads the settlement deed:

The first party (Magaya) shall settle the above amount by paying an initial deposit of US$500-00 on or before the 31st of May 2024 and subsequent instalments of US$200-00 starting on or before the 30th of June 2024, up until the full amount is extinguished.

In turn, the Chapindura family agreed to withdraw the summons filed at Western Commonage Small Claims Court.

According to the out-of-court deed of the settlement, Chapindura was among a group of congregants that had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Magaya for the Douglasdale housing project in 2016.

Magaya acknowledged that the Chapindura family had contributed an amount of US$ 4,100 and that they were withdrawing from the housing project.

The two parties agreed that the MoU be cancelled and that the money be returned.

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