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Zimbabwe's controversial Prophet Magaya retracts HIV cure claims

Zimbabwe's controversial Prophet Magaya retracts HIV cure claims

"Medicines go through rigorous tests including clinical trials, which involve use of the product under strict medical supervision".

"Zimbabwe appreciates new discoveries but we want them to go through scientifically proven processes and these processes are what we are following now".

The Zimbabwean police on Wednesday raided the offices of a religious leader who claimed to have found a cure for HIV, AIDS and cancer.

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) yesterday threatened to slap the PHD founder with a lawsuit within seven days because his HIV/Aids treatment claim is unsafe and leaves patients prone to infection. "Government will carry out its own research and is summoning a local research board to bring in people who are HIV positive and take statistics on people taking Aguma. Any form of discontinuation or switch made without the guidance of medical professionals may lead to adverse consequences on their health status", said Minister Mutsvangwa. He said the police were acting within its law enforcement mandate.

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Magaya appeared briefly before the Harare magistrates court before he was released on $300 bail, the report said.

Circumstances are that on 31 October 2018, accused known as a prophet for Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) made an advertisement on Yadah television of Aguma medicine which he claimed to be a cure for HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other ailments.

"It is the duty of the police to detect, investigate and prevent crime and this is precisely what we are doing". Government through a deputy information minister confirmed the raid saying it marked the start of an investigation into his claims.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintended Paul Nyathi confirmed the raid saying: "I can confirm that Magaya is assisting police with investigations in connection with enquiries the ZRP is now conducting". If he is convicted, Magaya will face a fine or two years in prison, according to the law governing the advertising or sale of unapproved medicines and drugs.


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