Prophet Arrested, Dragged To Court After Claiming He Found Cure For HIV/AIDS
Prophet Walter Magaya, the leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, who recently said that he has discovered a herb that can cure HIV/AIDS, was arrested and further arraigned in court.
Zimbabwean Herald reports that Magaya appeared in court on November 2, charged with contravening section 40 (1) of the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act, which criminalises the distribution and misleading advertisement of medicine.
Magaya, who was represented by Admire Rubaya, Everson Chatambudza and Oliva Marwa, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elisha Singano.
He was released on $300 bail and the case was remanded to November 29.
The Zimbabwean controversial Prophet had before his arrest on Thursday retracted claims that he had found a cure for HIV.
At a press conference with Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo, Magaya said he was now going to undertake clinical trials for his product.
“I took heed of what government and relevant boards have asked me to do to retract my earlier claim, which I am now doing,” he said.
“I carry an apology to them and the public. Having carried the research from outside the country, I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. I apologise once again. Together we are going to work towards running intensive clinical trials for Aguma.”
Trouble started for Magaya after he made an advertisement on Yadah television of Aguma medicine, which he claimed can cure HIV, AIDS, cancer and other ailments.
He further made claims on Aretha Medical website – his company – that Aretha Medical and himself were the manufacturers of the Aguma medicine.
The said website was visited and it was discovered that Magaya claimed that they had conducted clinical trials and proved that Aguma medicine can cure the mentioned diseases.
It is alleged that verifications were made through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) on their records and it was established that Aguma was neither a registered medicine nor drug in Zimbabwe.
His claims were further dismissed by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and medical bodies in the country.
On October 31, a warrant of search and seizure was issued at the Harare Provincial Magistrates Court and a search was conducted at number 14 Edinburg Road Marlborough, Harare, where unregistered, prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drugs manufacturing raw materials were recovered.
He was arrested on Thursday November 1 at Ministry of Health and Child Care offices where he was conducting a Press conference.