Zimbabwe: I’m Not a Bank, Prophet Tells Bev

The New Zimbabwe – ‘Prophet’ Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries has told former pole dancer Beverly Sibanda that the church was not a bank and that she is welcome to return her former calling if she is fed up.

Sibanda, more popularly known as Bev, quit pole dancing to join PHD Ministries after being promised money to start a business but has vented frustration with her new life after being roughed up at Magaya’s Harare home recently.

“I am failing to worship now because of people who are busy looking for money from the prophet instead of looking for salvation,” the former Sexy Angels leader was quoted as saying at the weekend.

“Every day I hear of people calling me names and I am contemplating going back to dance because I feel it is better to be hated by a heathen than a Christian.”

Her manager confirmed the raunchy dancer was considering a return to the night clubs after the incident.

“It is very true that Bev wants to go back to her old business. From the look of things it might not take her two weeks to do that,” said Hapaguti Mapimhidze.

“This is because she is facing so much harassment, condemnation and hatred especially from the church members. The situation was worsened by the recent assault by one of the prophet’s bouncers.”

However PHD, in a statement issued Monday, said they would not stand in her way if Bev felt like dancing again.

“As a ministry we are not moved by her threats because she is old enough to make her own decisions,” said church spokesperson Oscar Pambuka.

As a church our mission is to minister salvation to people and Bev got that. We also opened a shop for her and the other girls (former pole dancers) are running their own flea markets so that they can get income from clean businesses.

“Bev also has to understand that we are a church and not a bank, it was never a right but a privilege to assist her. We have other people with critical conditions we are also assisting.”

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