Prophet who claims to have found cure for HIV considers leaving Zim... as police raid his offices

2018-11-02 09:01
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Police in Zimbabwe have reportedly raided offices of a prominent prophet, Walter Magaya, who made headlines this week after he claimed that he had discovered the cure for HIV and Aids.

The Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry founder said the cure was a herb called Aguma and would destroy the HIV virus within 14 days.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, police on Wednesday raided the preacher's offices in Harare to collect samples of his alleged cure for HIV and Aids.

The country's deputy information minister Energy Mutodi confirmed the development in a tweet. (See tweet below).

Police spokesperson, Paul Nyathi said the renowned televangelist preacher was assisting the police with investigation regarding his claims, the report said.

"I can confirm that Magaya is assisting police with investigations in connection with enquiries the ZRP is currently conducting.

"It is the duty of the police to detect, investigate and prevent crime and this is precisely what we are doing," New Zimbabwe.com quoted Nyathi as saying.

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Magaya announced after a church service on Sunday in Harare that the drug was a supplement that could boost immunity and cure HIV, according the state-run Herald.

"I have tested Aguma fully on human beings and in 14 days they have been cured," Magaya was quoted as saying.

"I was offered $56 million by an American company for me to show them the Aguma plant, I turned them down," he added.

Magaya said he was working with the government which was "taking his 'cure' through some laboratory tests to see if his claims were feasible".

But Zimbabwe's health ministry said it had not approved the herbal drug.

In a statement on Monday the health ministry said: "Herbal medicines now require approval by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe and the product has not yet been submitted for review and assessment."

According to a Herald report on Thursday, highly placed sources at the church said the prophet was planning to "launch outside, as many countries seemed to be offering a good deal and ease of doing business".

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