Mbudziyadhura fell in and was rushed to hospital in Gweru  in the early hours of Wednesday. Blessing Chimhowa had developed abdominal complications but was discharged later on the day.

"He became ill suddenly on Tuesday afternoon and became worse overnight. He was then rushed to a nearby clinic in the early hours of Wednesday. His health stabilised and he was later discharged without further referrals," Mbudziyadhura's friend and manager Paradzai Makosa told the Standard.

"Upon receiving the message we panicked seeing that we are in the middle of this Covid-19 pandemic. Mbudziyadhura has long-term complications with abdominal injuries sustained from a car accident that nearly claimed his life in 2007."

Makosa said the family was still looking for funds to cover Mbudziyadhura's medical expenses. "Well-wishers can still chip in because at the moment he is grounded. He needs to go for checkups. Hard times have befallen a lot of people in this country, and Mbudziyadhura has not been spared.

"He lost his full-time job at Hifa [Harare International Festival of the Arts] and subsequently medical benefits among many other packages. After losing his job and benefits, Chimhowa purchased a piece of land in Hozheri, Gweru, and he is planning to become a full-time farmer if his health improves."