Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Controversial Zimbabwe clergyman apologises for HIV cure claims

Controversial Zimbabwe clergyman apologises for HIV cure claims

Zimbabwe's largest newspaper, the Harare Herald, reported that his claims were scientifically baseless and that the Zimbabwean Government was actively discouraging the purchase of unapproved medicines.

Controversial preacher Walter Magaya on Thursday retracted his claim that he had found a cure for HIV as he agreed to bankroll clinical trials of a herb he claims can remove all traces of the virus within 14 days.

The court heard Magaya attempted to destroy some of the exhibits by flashing them in the office toilets and burning the containers which were however covered half burnt.

Prophet Magaya claims to have cure for HIV/AIDS.

He was granted $300 bail and remanded to November 29.


It is the State's case that on October 31 this year, Magaya allegedly made an advertisement on Yadah TV of Aguma medicine which he claimed to be a cure for HIV, cancer and other incurable ailments.

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

Gasasira said use of antiretroviral treatment, in line with national guidelines, has resulted in better health outcomes for people living with HIV and encouraged people to continue taking their medication. "I apologise once again", Magaya said at the news conference also attended by Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed Magaya's claim arguing that there is no known cure for HIV infection.

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. It was also established that neither accused (2) nor Aretha Medical company were authorised by Health Professions Authority to carry out Clinical tests on any human being to prove that Aguma can cure the aforementioned diseases thereby committing an offence.

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