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Magaya 'crushed, flushed' evidence

by Mandla Ndlovu
02 Nov 2018 at 14:15hrs | Views
POPULAR Zimbabwean Prophet Walter Magaya tried to conceal evidence by burning and flashing down the toilet sachets containing his Aguma medication which he claimed could cure HIV/AIDS, the police have said.

Magaya was arrested over his claims that he had found a cure for the HIV/AIDS condition which affects millions of people in Zimbabwe and other sub-Saharan countries.
A charge sheet prepared by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and seen by this publication shows that Magaya was arrested and charged with violating sections of the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act which bans individuals from making any false or misleading advertisement of medicine.

Magaya recently announced that he had discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS, cancer and other diseases. His claims immediately drew widespread criticism from the medical fraternity and the Zimbabwean government. Magaya subsequently apologized over his claims. He has since been arrested.

"Circumstances are that on 31 October 2018, the accused known as a prophet the Prophetic Healing and Healing 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.

"He further made claims that Aretha Medical and himself were the manufacturers of the Aguma medicine which he claimed can cure the abovementioned diseases."

Verifications were made through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe and it was established that Aguma is not a registered medicine or drug in Zimbabwe. It was also established that neither Magaya nor Aretha Medical Company were authorised by the Health Professions Authority to carry out clinical tests on nay human being to prove that Aguma can cure the aforementioned diseases thereby the accused committed an offence.

The charge sheet further reveals that on 31 October, a search was conducted at Magaya's Marlborough premises where unregistered prescription medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials were recovered.

Just before the search, the accused persons destroyed some of the exhibits by flashing them in the office toilets and burning containers which were however, recovered half-burnt. Several Aguma sachets and other torn sachets were also recovered in an office bin next to the office call centre,
the charge sheet further states.

Source - Byo24News