Magaya's desperate bid to destroy evidence exposed in court

Dep Minister Mutodi

The office of a Zimbabwean preacher, Walter Magaya, who claimed to have discovered the cure for HIV/AIDS has been raided by police.

The charge sheet read in court yesterday alleged that the popular preacher had destroyed some of the exhibits by flashing his herbs down the toilet and burning their containers.

Police raided Magaya's Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries property on Edinburg Road in Marlbrough suburb and found drug-making machines, packaging machines and what police listed as "prescription preparatory medicines".

He will be back in court November 26 pending trial.

He further made claims on Aretha medical website (www.arethamedical.com) and that Aretha medical and himself were the manufacturers of the Aguma medicine which he claimed can cure above mentioned diseases. 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.

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.

"I spoke before I looked into authorities regulations". Having carried the research outside the country (in India), I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. "At the same time, I would like to acknowledge the ministry, which has held me like a child and showed me the way", Magaya said during Thursday's press conference.

World Health Organization representative in the country, Dr Alex Gasaira, explicity said "there is no cure for HIV infection".

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.

However, local health authorities and world bodies, including the World Health Organisation, dismissed his claim.

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

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