Harare: Prophet Walter Magaya of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministries has made a public apology after announcing that he has found a cure for HIV/AIDS as well as cancer.
At a news conference with the Minister of Health, Magaya retracted his claim that he had found a cure for HIV and “Aguma” will now be subjected to “intensive clinical tests”.
He said he “rushed” into the announcement.
This comes after the controversial prophet was given a 7-day ultimatum to make a public statement withdrawing his “malicious” claim that he had found an HIV and Aids cure or face a lawsuit.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) in a lawsuit threat said Magaya’s HIV and Aids cure claims posed an existential danger as outlined in the Public Health Act.
“As ZADHR, we give notice to take remedial action within 7 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 cure for HIV,” ZADHR chairperson Brighton Chizhande said.
Magaya on Sunday torched a storm when he said his Aguma herbal cure could destroy the HIV virus in a fortnight.
His claims have been dismissed by government and various stakeholders including the United Nations’ World Health Organisation.
The WHO said there is no known cure for the virus.
Police on Wednesday raided Magaya’s offices and seized samples of Magaya’s HIV and Aids herbal cure.