Controversial Zim prophet appears in court over HIV cure claim, bailed $300

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

He added that any new drug should go through clinical trials to be rigorously evaluated and to determine whether they are safe and effective in the prevention or treatment of any ailments.

Speaking at the same occasion, Dr Obadiah Moyo applauded Prophet Magaya's decision to retract his 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.

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.

CONTROVERSIAL Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya was arrested and brought to court yesterday following his sensational claim early this week that he had found a cure for HIV and Aids.

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People living with HIV must acquire their medicines from licensed sources. He said the police were acting within its law enforcement mandate. "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.

Nyanthi says "It is the duty of the police to detect, investigate and prevent crime and this is precisely what we are doing".

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Energy Mutodi on his twitter account said the raid marked the beginning of an investigation into the matter.

The UN Health made the reaffirmation after a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure. 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.

Magaya's supporters waited for him outside the court and as he exited, he briefly laid hands on them, as they mobbed him, pleading to be blessed, the report said.

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