BBC: Zimbabwe 'prophet' also developed lipstick for blood pressure

1 November, 2018

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Shingai Nyoka, BBC Africa, Harare

We've been reporting about the police raid in Zimbabwe on the offices of a religious leader who said that he had found a herbal cure for HIV (see earlier post []).

We now know that the pills were reportedly selling online for $1,000 (£770) a pack.

Walter Magaya, 35, is part of a group of young, brash and flashy religious figures who have emerged during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.

They attract scores of followers with promises of miracle healing and miracle money.

Authorities say the drug is unregistered and untested and that claims of a cure are criminal.

Mr Magaya has also recently launched a lipstick he claims can improve blood pressure.


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