Zimbabwe’s controversial Prophet Walter Magaya on Thursday retracted claims that he had found a cure for HIV amid intense political pressure.
His claims were dismissed by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and medical bodies in the country.
At a press conference with Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo, Magaya said he was now going to undertake clinical trials for his product.
He said; “I took heed of what government and relevant boards have asked me to do to retract my earlier claim, which I am now doing.
“I carry an apology to them and the public. Having carried the research from outside the country, I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. I apologise once again. Together we are going to work towards running intensive clinical trials for Aguma.”
Speaking at the same occasion, Dr Obadiah Moyo applauded Prophet Magaya’s decision to retract his claims.
Moyo accepted Magaya’s apology and announced that they were working together to test the herb.
He urged people living with HIV and Aids to continue taking their antiretroviral drugs.
Dr Moyo said Prophet Magaya made his claims without realising the impact of it considering his huge following.
“We want to continue emphasising to the population that whatever ARVs that you are on, please carry on taking them. Prophet Magaya’s medications are not yet approved,” said Dr Moyo.