Police raid office of preacher who claims to have HIV/AIDS cure

Dep Minister Mutodi

Dep Minister Mutodi

Walter Magaya who claims to be a prophet said on Sunday that he "can cure HIV, Aids and cancer".

CONTROVERSIAL Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya was arrested and brought to court yesterday following his sensational claim early this week that he had found a cure for HIV and Aids.

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) yesterday threatened to slap the PHD founder with a lawsuit within seven days because his HIV/Aids treatment claim is unsafe and leaves patients prone to infection. His next court date is 26 November.

Verifications were made through Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe on their records and it was established that Aguma is not a registered medicine or drug in Zimbabwe. The State also alleges that neither Magaya nor Aretha Medical are authorised by the Health Professions Authority to carry out clinical tests on any human being, to prove that Aguma can cure HIV/Aids and cancer.

The raid came after the government and health practitioners strongly condemned the public declaration by the self-styled Prophet that he has found a cure to the two of the world's most incurable diseases.

"We write to seek an urgent retraction of your claim to cure HIV and Aids".

This was after a warrant of search and seizure was issued at the Harare provincial magistrate's court Wednesday with police later conducting a raid at his Malborough property to seize unregistered prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials.

Having carried the research from outside the country, I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. I apologise once again.

In a letter to Magaya, ZADHR chairperson Brighton Chizhande told the cleric that his actions are in contravention of the Medicines and Allied Substance Act (Section15:03) and Part 3, Section 32 of the Public Health Act.

However, while speaking on the matter, Dr Alex Gasaira, WHO's representative in the country, explicitly stated that "there is no cure for HIV infection".

The World Health Organization has debunked claims by a Christian preacher in Zimbabwe that he has cure for HIV/AIDS.

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