For many people, it came as a surprise to learn that the fitness bunny was actually a mother of one. She had a beautiful daughter named Tyra who was staying at her mother’s house with her young sister who we know as Tatts.
Her real name Mitchelle Moana Amuli, she was the second daughter of Mr Ishamel Amuli who said he last saw his daughter early last year and was distressed and worried about her partying behaviour. Speaking at the funeral wake in Highfield, Mr Amuli (58) told The Herald that his relationship with Moana went sour in 2017 when she left her husband.
“In 2017, Mitchelle had problems with her husband, who came to drop their child in Domboshava. Mitchelle later came to pick her daughter and I sat down with her, telling her that I wasn’t happy with her behaviour. I heard a lot about my daughter that she had become a party animal and was featuring in several musical videos. I got angry and slapped her twice and she left home for good.
“Last year I saw her, but we never talked much. I am a Muslim and what she was doing was against our religion. Now how do I tell my elders at church and how will she be buried? We are now at her mother’s house in Highfield because I did not fully pay lobola for her mother. I still owe in-laws, but that is a story for another day,” he said.
Mr Amuli said he broke up with Moana’s mother while his daughter was still a toddler.
“I quit my job to look after my children. I had five children and Mitchelle was the second born and only girl. She had a daughter named Tyra. I stay in Domboshava in Chirombo Village. I used to hear some neighbours telling me that my daughter was at Ginimbi’s house. Today, was told that she had a birthday party at a night club in Harare and she died on her way back,” he said.
Mr Amuli broke down during the interview. Moana’s funeral wake is at Number 547 Engineering, Highfield. Burial arrangements will be announced after post-mortem.