It is not uncommon to find people claiming to have cures for incurable ailments. But it is quite rare to find acclaimed men of God pushing these supposed powerful cures. A popular pastor in Zimbabwe has been arrested by the police for falsely claiming to have a cure for HIV/AIDS.
Walter Magaya pleaded guilty to going against the laid down rules of the Medicines Control Act in Zimbabwe by selling a non-certified drug. He was arrested and convicted in November and a herbal drug which he claimed could cure HIV/AIDS was seized.
Shingai Nyoka, a correspondent of BBC, reported that 35-year-old Walter falls under the category of religious personalities who are leveraging on Zimbabwe's economic crisis to attract a huge follower base and swindle people of the little they have by promising them miracles.
In October 2018, the flashy pastor launched a herbal drug called Aguma which he claimed had magical powers that could destroy and exterminate HIV/AIDS within 14 days. A media house in Zimbabwe reported that he passed across this message to his followers in these words:
"The herb is 100% organic. Why I say so is because we found out that there are no side effects.”
Following this claim, the Zimbabwean government took to raiding his offices and lodges. It was recorded within the Magaya's charge sheet that he and others “destroyed some of the exhibits by flushing 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.”
With these charges levied against Walter Magaya, his lawyer Everson Chatambudza has taken to defending his client by saying that Magaya believed the drug could indeed cure HIV/AIDS.
Everson, however, admitted that his client breached the law by distributing the herbal drugs without the health ministry’s approval. He went on to say that Magaya attempted to comply with the law by notifying the ministry of his 'invention'. However, he did not get any response.
But then, there was the fact that Magaya also launched a lipstick last year which he claimed could improve blood pressure. As a verdict for his criminal offence, he was fined a sum of 700 dollars.
M another pastor in Lagos had also told his congregation that by drinking holy water, they would be cured of several ailments including HIV/AIDS. However, a sick mother who subscribed to this treatment died one month after.
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