Zimbabwe popular Studio 263 Star Mai Muvengwa dies in India


PRETTY Xaba, known as Mai-Muvengwa in the Zimbabwean TV soap Studio 263, has died.

Xaba died Saturday afternoon at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Dehli in India where she was being treated for cancer. She was diagnosed with the Cancer of the oesophagus in September and in October she flew to India for the surgery which was, however, delayed after experts observed that the tumour had grown bigger.

Dr Brighton Chireka, a medical director at Stark Meditrip, the company which facilitated her trip to India, confirmed that the popular actress had died. Dr Chireka said Xaba died while she was in the intensive care unit where she had completed her chemotherapy in preparation for the operation.

Pretty Xaba actress played role of MAI MUVENGWA in Studio 263

He said: “It is sad that after her lovely family and friends had tried all they could to save her all their efforts failed at the last minute”.

Dr Chireka said a Stark Meditrip team based in India was in the process of working out how the body will be transported back to Zimbabwe for burial.   Stark Meditrip, which has offices in India and London, specialises in arranging treatments for Zimbabweans in both countries.

Xaba acted in many local dramas including the famous Ndebele series titled Xola. She was to become more prominent as Mai-Muvengwa or Nakabantwana in Studio 263.

Well-wishers who donated to Xaba’s cause include Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya, NetOne, Standard Chartered Highlands branch staff, PSI staff members, Jenny Musonza Foundation, Affirmative Action Group, Fawcett Security and the public.

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya in October donated US$18,000 for Pretty’s medication in India. After learning about Pretty’s condition, Prophet Magaya decided to come to her rescue.

Prophet Magaya, after he made a generous US$18,000 donation, said he believes medical doctors are also in God’s ministry and they do it out of love.

“As PHD we are not against medical treatment, that is why I ask some of the people to bring their medical records when coming for prayers (seeking miracles). As for Pretty, she is my daughter in PHD and I feel blessed to help her get medical treatment since she is the one who decided to consult doctors. It is not that I failed to pray for her but her faith is in doctors and I cannot compromise to that since all the healing are through faith in God,” said Prophet Magaya.

Deaths have wrecked havoc in the Studio 263 family following the passing on of over four characters that included the original Mr Jari, Nevernay Chinyanga (Muvengwa), Benhilda Marume (Tamara) and Studio 263 director and veteran film producer Godwin Mawuru and now Pretty Xaba (Mai Muvengwa).

Another character who cheated death a few years after the soap opera stopped showing on the small screen was Tatenda Mavetera who took part in Studio 263 as Tendai Jari. She was involved in a freaking accident along the Bulawayo-Harare highway and the vehicle which she was driving was badly damaged.

Tatenda who is an adrenaline junkie when it comes to driving, escaped with bruises while her brother Maxwell was hospitalised at Avenues Clinic when the car she was driving sideswiped with a haulage truck at Featherstone in Chivhu.

“If you see the wreckage then you would wonder how I managed to escape without serious injuries. However, I really thank the Lord for showing his mercy on me. The other thing was that I had left my kid at home. I could have died on the spot and I really appreciate God’s love for me because I am still alive,” she said then as she thanked God for saving her life.

Meanwhile, burial arrangements for Pretty Xaba are yet to be announced. – New Zim / My Zim