Armed police raid Prophet Walter Magaya, Seize HIV/AIDS medicine

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa

I can confirm police this evening raided Prophet Walter Magaya offices to recover samples of his aguma medicine which he claims cures HIV. "As ZADHR, we give you notice to take remedial action within seven calendar days of this notice by withdrawing all products that purport, claim or infer that they cure HIV and Aids from the market forthwith, and making a public statement that withdraws your initial claim to have found a cure for HIV", Chizhande said.

Armed police raided PHD church leader Prophet Walter Magaya's office in search of "Aguma" the hiv/aids cure drug.

The group also called on Health Minister Obadiah Moyo to publicly censure the preacher and also institute an investigation into the safety of the herbs he claims to have stocked.

"This is done prior to registration and the results are submitted to the medicines regulator as evidence of the effectiveness of a medicine".

The evening raid was also confirmed by Zimbabwe's Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi who also happens to be a close friend to President Mnangagwa.

World Health Organization representative to Zimbabwe, Alex Gasasira, said in a statement yesterday that people on ART "can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives".

"Effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives".

"The United Nations wishes to reaffirm that to date, there is no known and proven cure for HIV infection, but effective treatment exists to manage the infection through antiretroviral therapy and drugs".

Dr Gasasira added; "Zimbabwe has very well-established procedures for clinical trials".

"The UN in Zimbabwe wishes to remind and encourage any researchers involved in developing possible new treatments for any ailments, including HIV and AIDS to subject these to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) national clinical trial processes and procedures".

"NAC is not aware of any such clinical trials locally or globally that have been conducted showing efficacy in the management of HIV", said Dr Magure.