Prophet Walter Magaya is in hot water after being accused of evading paying $22 million in taxes. Now he has been summoned by the police over the matter.

Police spokesperson Commission Charity Charamba yesterday confirmed police were looking for Magaya.

“He has been summoned for an interview,” she said. “Police are eager to interview him on allegations of tax evasion.” Comm Charamba declined to give finer details of the case.

Zimra Commissioner-General Ms Faith Mazani’s assistant, Mr John Chakasikwa, confirmed that they were after Magaya over the tax issue.

He said the matter was being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division (Commercials Crime Division). “We are working with the police and the National Prosecuting Authority on the matter,” said Chakasikwa. “At this point, the NPA has the information you require.”

Zimra recently issued a garnish order against Magaya’s church accounts held with a local bank and wants the self-styled prophet to settle the arrears.

This followed the tax collector’s raid at Magaya’s church at least twice last year, in a bid to audit his earnings and other business interests that include a hotel owned by the church, a tile manufacturing factory and a farming concern.