Sungura giant Tongai Moyo is in a private hospital where he has received the drug Rituximab, which was recommended by his doctors.The drug, which Moyo sourced from the United Kingdom, is used in the treatment of many lymphomas, leukemias, transplant rejection and some autoimmune disorders.
Dhewa was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma which he has been battling for the last four years.
Moyo was last week admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare following the deterioration of his health condition.
He was eventually transferred to St Anne’s private hospital where the medication the drug was to be administered.
Dhewa, as Moyo is affectionately known among the multitude of his followers, told the Daily News that, doctors worked first on kidney treatment.
Dhewa was billed to perform at last Friday’s “Big 5” show which was organised by Chipaz Promotions.
His group, Utakataka Express was however, present at the show and featured Moyo’s son, Peter as the frontman.
Moyo’s close aide and band member Shiga Shiga told the Daily News that the group had feared for the worst ahead of his admission to hospital.
“His condition the whole of last week was so bad that we feared for the worst. He was incapacitated but he looks better although he is not yet out of danger,” Shiga said.
Shiga added that the group hoped Moyo would be discharged from hospital on the strength of the new drug.
“He is still in hospital but his condition is set to improve once doctors give him the new drug. He is able to move around now and we hope everything is going to be fine,” Shiga said.
Moyo, speaking from St Anne’s hospital saidyesterday that he was still in pain as he underwent treatment.
“I am still in hospital and I am happy that fellow musicians and those within the entertainment sector were muting a plan to raise funds for my medical bills.
“ I am part of this big entertainment family and I miss performing for all my fans,” said Moyo.
The sungura star thanked the Minister of Information and Publicity Webster Shamu for coming up with another scheme that has already raised some money for his medical bills.
There have been other initiatives by the state media that has also launched fund-raising for the sungura star in an effort to ease his burden.
During the brief interview yesterday, one could feel for the sungura star who seemed weak and struggling with his voice.
“It was a rare gesture for the Minister to initiate the fund-raising. Shamu has done a lot to help musicians and as patron of the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians he is setting a trend.
“Through him we should be able to launch a medical plan for musicians so that in future we are fully covered like any other worker,” said Dhewa.
Emmanuel Vori, Gramma Records director, the record company that has for years been recording the musician said the issue to fund-raise for Dhewa was too big for him to discuss.
“Only his family can talk to you, I have no capability of speaking right now,” said Vori.
Zora music star Leonard Zhakata said he was prepared to feature in any musicals that will benefit Dhewa.
“I have shared the stage with Tongai in the past and anytime that something is organised along those lines, I will be ready to help.
“What we need is probably for his family, through his manager to put up such a benefit show.”
Zhakata said Zimbabweans should not view Dhewa as a charity case. “He is well above being a charity case. We are eager to do this fund-raising so we can complement his efforts.
“Over the months, Tongai has laboured with hospital bills and I am sure we as musicians would chip in and lessen his burden.”
The Zora star said while it was Tongai today, tomorrow it might be anyone else.
“Tomorrow it might be me in that predicament. It becomes a burden for Tongai because at the moment he is not strong enough to perform and this affects his pocket.
“I understand his son is standing in for him at many shows and the youngster also needs our support.”
Biggie Chinoperekwei, the City Sports Bar director said he would support any initiatives to put up a show for Dhewa.
“We are always ready to support any initiative that would alleviate Dhewa’s restrained finances. He has performed at our joint before and we would gladly open our place to any efforts to raise the much needed finances,” said Chinoperekwei.
The director said Dhewa’s son, Peter was not doing badly.
“He is holding on well and with time he will pick up and even do wonders. From afar you may fail to realise that it was not Dhewa singing. Peter has the voice and it is good that he stands for his father at this crucial moment.”