Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Zimbabwe AIDS-cure pastor raided by police, backtracks on claims

Zimbabwe AIDS-cure pastor raided by police, backtracks on claims

Zimbabwe's controversial Prophet Walter Magaya on Thursday retracted claims that he had found a cure for HIV amid intense political pressure.

Police on Wednesday raided the offices of the PROPHETIC Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries led by Walter Magaya.

Just before the search, accused persons destroyed some of the exhibits by flashing Aretha in the office toilets and burning the containers which were, however, recovered half burnt.

He will be back in court November 26 pending trial.

The UN Health made the reaffirmation after a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure.

Verifications were made with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe on their records and it was established that Aguma was not a registered medicine in Zimbabwe.

Aretha Medical, the company behind the production, marketing and sale of Aguma, was also not authorised to carry out any clinical tests on human beings to prove that Aguma can cure HIV.

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The raid comes after prophet Magaya during this week's Sunday service announced to his congregation that he had discovered a cure for Aids.

"I spoke before I looked into authorities regulations".

On 31 October 2018, a warrant of search and seizure was issued at Harare provincial Magistrates Court and a search was conducted at number 14 Edinburgh, Marlborough, Harare where unregistered, prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials listed on the annexure attached were recovered.

"As ZADHR, we give you notice to take remedial action within seven calendar days of this notice by withdrawing all products that purport, claim or infer that they cure HIV and Aids from the market forthwith and making a public statement that withdraws your initial claim to have found a cure for HIV". Having carried the research outside the country (in India), I went on to announce the results unprocedurally.

People living with HIV must acquire their medicines from licensed sources.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reaffirmed that there is "no cure" for HIV, even as it urged people living with HIV/AIDS to continue with Anti-Retroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections.

The government is now on an ambitious $103 million, five-year HIV-testing strategy - to raise the number of people who know their status, as the country bids to build on the progress which has been made in the last seven years, which saw new HIV infections falling by 50 percent.

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