The Pastor, Walter Magaya, who was convicted after claiming to have the herbal cure for HIV, was fined $700 after he pleaded guilty to contravening the Medicines Control Act by selling an unapproved drug in Zimbabwe. He was arrested in November, and the police seized a herbal drug he named Aguma.
New Zimbabwe reported that Walter reportedly told his congregation in October that the drug, had magical powers to destroy the Aids virus within 14 days.
“The herb is 100% organic. Why I say so is because we found out that there are no side effects,” he was quoted as saying.
It was learnt that before the police raided his offices, 35-year-old Magaya 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,” the charge sheet added.