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Cleric convicted of contravening Medicines Act

Publish date: 11 February 2019
Issue Number: 810
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean court has convicted a popular self-styled prophet on fraud charges and fined him $700 for falsely claiming he had a herbal cure for HIV and Aids. Walter Magaya pleaded guilty to contravening the Medicines Control Act by selling an unapproved drug. BBC News reports that Magaya is among a group of young, brash and flashy religious figures who have emerged during Zimbabwe's economic crisis, attracting a huge number of followers with promises of ‘miracle healing and miracle money’. He told his congregation last October that the drug would destroy the Aids virus within 14 days.

Full BBC News report