Harare – Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) leader Walter Magaya’ escaped jail with a $700 fine after he was convicted on own’ plea for contravening the Medicines Control Act.
Through his lawyer Everson Chatambudza, Magaya, representing his medical unit Aretha Medical, conceded that it had prematurely announced and promoted the Aguma herb as an efficient drug in curing HIV and Aids without following proper procedures.
In mitigation before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, Magaya said he had approached the ministry of Health and Child Care with their herb for clinical trials but no response came through and had to depend on results from tests conducted in India, which was illegal.
But magistrate Mugwagwa said launching the herb without approval from authorities was illegal and put the lives of people living with HIV at risk of defaulting their treatment.
She also said the company had acted negligently hence a stern fine was needed.
The company was ordered to pay $700 before February 8.
Magaya as a representative of his Aretha Company was arrested after an advert of the Aguma herb was put on Yadah Television and was believed to cure HIV and Aids, cancer among other some ailments.