By Charlie Madondo|
Now Daily Investigation|
A Harare family is taking legal action against Walter Magaya, leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance sect after he falsely claimed to have healed a woman of AIDS, Now Daily can exclusively reveal.
The woman, Dudu Sibanda of Avondale died in South Africa recently after her condition rapidly deteriorated after she stopped taking anti-viral drugs (ARVs) on Magaya’s advice.
Sibanda’s mother, Noreen Sibanda said she wanted Magaya prosecuted for making false claims that he could cure AIDS and other chronic illnesses, forcing sick people to quit medication and die early.
“I dont know what Magaya gets by telling these lies. There is no cure for AIDS anywhere and he knows that, yet he has the guts to go on television claiming he can cure it. These lies must stop because they are killing people,” Sibanda said.
Her planned action has received backing and funding from South Africa-based activist group ActionAIDS, which provided emmergency care and financial support to Dudu when her condition worsened after she stopped taking ARVs.
“Dudu should not have died,” said ActionAIDS programme director for southern Africa, Jenny Smith. “She died because someone with no medical experience gave her wrong advice. There are many others like her who are dying because they have been lied to by Magaya and other so-called prophets. These people get paid for lying like this, which is puzzling.”
Added Smith: “We are filing papers in the high court seeking an order compelling Magaya and other bogus prophets to stop making false healing claims. There are so many people in Zimbabwe claiming to have supernatural healing powers. We are lobbying parliament to make a law banning people who are not medically-trained from giving any medical advice or making healing claims. Right now, if you go around the country you’ll find so many people making the same claims. We want this to stop.”
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