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STARK Meditrip, the company which facilitated the late Pretty Xaba’s treatment in India, has refuted reports that her family needs money to repatriate her body to Zimbabwe.

The former studio 263 actress died in New Dehli Saturday where she was awaiting treatment for cancer.

Confirming the death last week Meditrip medical director, Dr Brighton Chireka, told NewZimbabwe.com that arrangements were already being made to repatriate the body back to Zimbabwe.

But a family spokesman in Zimbabwe then appeared in the local media appealing for funds to repatriate her body back home from India.

Ruth Xaba told the media that as much as $7, 000 was needed to repatriate her body and settle hospital bills. She also said the $18, 000 donated by prophet Magaya had been exhausted.

“The money donated by Prophet Walter Magaya only lasted a month because she was charged about $1 500 a day in hospital as she was on a life support system,” Ruth said.

“We hope ordinary people and the corporate world will again come to our rescue like they have done before,” she further claimed.

But on Tuesday Dr Chireka refuted the claims saying in a statement that all the costs were catered for and there was “no need for fundraising.”

“If people want to pay their last respects to Pretty, they can do so as is our custom by paying “Chema” but not to get Pretty to Zimbabwe. That part is well taken care of and we ask the media to speak with the family members in India who are well informed so that we do not bring anxiety unnecessarily,” said Dr Chireka.

He added: “Stark Meditrip is working with the family members in India to repatriate the body of our dear actress Pretty Xaba. Me and my team we are with Xaba family till Pretty is laid to rest in Zimbabwe.”

Contrary to Ruth’s claims that $5, 000 was needed to repatriate the body, Dr Chikera said only $1, 500 was needed for the same. Stark Medtrip, which has offices in both London and New Dehli, specialises in facilitating the treatment of Zimbabweans in both the UK and India.

Popularly known as Mai-Muvengwa in the popular ZTV soap Studio 263 Pretty acted in many local dramas including the famous Ndebele series titled Xola. She was, however, to become more prominent as Mai-Muvengwa or Nakabantwana in Studio 263.

Source : New Zimbabwe