Walter Magaya retracts HIV cure claim, clinical trials to begin

  • Walter Magaya retracts HIV cure claim, clinical trials to begin

Walter Magaya retracts HIV cure claim, clinical trials to begin

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya, pictured, whose recent claims that he would start selling his recently-found herbal cure for Aids has been ordered to retract his comments.

Appearing before Harare magistrate Elisha Singano, Magaya was accused of announcing on his television channel that he had discovered Aguma, which he claimed was a cure for HIV/Aids, cancer and other ailments.

He was expected back in court on November 29.

He said health experts have said there is no cure yet.

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.

Also, Zimbabwe's Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said Government was concerned with these claims as there were processes and procedures in Zimbabwe that medicines go through before they are recognised as effective and safe for use by patients.

PROPHET Walter Magaya and his workers flashed through the toilet system and further tried to burn containers of the preacher's HIV/Aids "cure" when they got wind of an impending police raid on his Malborough premises in Harare, a court heard on Friday.

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

UNAIDS says it is supporting Zimbabwe in its fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, starting with informing citizens of their status and working to suppress infection through treatment.

His claims were dismissed by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and medical bodies in the country.

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. Over one million people were living with HIV in the same year.