PROPHET Healing And Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya has just been fined $700 meaning he is no longer going to jail as was anticipated by most HIV affiliated organisations and activists.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Prophet Magaya walks away scot-free after being found guilty of contravening the Medicines Control Act which forbids rashed advertising of medicines which are not approved by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ).
Presiding over the case was Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who said that Magaya exhibited carelessness and negligence to advertise the Aguma which was not yet registered in ZImbabwe.
She noted that Magaya’s proclamation of the supposed HIV cure would mislead the public resulting in several not taking their medication.
Magaya was fined $700 which should be payable by February 8, 2019.
Magaya when asked how he felt of the outcome was jubilant.
“Zvaita! Zvaita! (It’s done! Its done!),” he told journalists before referring them to his lawyer Mr Everson Chatambudza who further led them to the church’s spokesperson.
In the morning, Aretha Medical through its managing director Prophet Magaya pleaded guilty to contravening the Medicines Control Act although he maintained that their Aguma drug is authentic.
Magaya representing his company told the court that the drug went through laboratory tests in India and was approved.
Through his lawyer Mr Everson Chatambudza, Magaya produced documents from India supporting his claims. Magaya conceded that he rushed promoting the drug before the Ministry of Health and Child Care had responded to his letter in which he was informing them of the drug discovery and seeking guidance.
Magaya also tendered to the court a letter he wrote to the Minister of Health and Child Care as well as the ministry’s permanent secretary before he made announcement of the drug. He said he did not get a response from the Ministry.
“There was an attempt on part of the accused to comply with the law. Three days before announcement he wrote to the Ministry and notified them of the discovery and about his intention to announce of his discovery a clear indication he was seeking guidance, unfortunately he did not get any response.
“The case is a technical fact whereby the accused only skipped the protocols otherwise the word that there is a discovery still stands,” Mr Chatambudza said.