Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim

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Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim

Zimbabwean police on Wednesday raided the offices of a controversial preacher who claimed that he has found a cure for HIV/AIDS and cancer.According to Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi, police raided Walter Magaya's Harare offices on Wednesday night "to recover samples of his Aguma medicine which he claims cures HIV".

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya, pictured, whose recent claims that he would start selling his recently-found herbal cure for Aids has been ordered to retract his comments.

Just before the search, accused persons destroyed some of the exhibits by flashing Aretha in the office toilets and burning the containers which were, however, recovered half burnt.

A court has heard of a desperate scramble to destroy evidence before police swooped on Walter Magaya's office in Harare to seize unlicenced medicines he meant to sell as an HIV cure.

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.

He will be back in court November 26 pending trial.

"I carry an apology to them and the public". I, after discovering what I discovered, which was tested, and holding a report which was overwhelming to myself, I went on and announced what I was carrying in my hands without taking note of the authorities of Zimbabwe.

"I spoke before I looked into authorities regulations. 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.

However, while speaking on the matter, Dr Alex Gasaira, WHO's representative in the country, explicitly stated that "there is no cure for HIV infection".

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.

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.

The World Health Organization has debunked claims by a Christian preacher in Zimbabwe that he has cure for HIV/AIDS.

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