"We've lost a mom, a sister and a friend who mentored us when we began to get into movies. We'll really miss her and the art industry has been robbed by a true arts veteran. May her soul rest in peace," she said.
Veteran actor and filmmaker Stephen Chigorimbo, aka Mr. Huni, described Mangwende as a talented self-taught actress who was willing to learn and succeeded in becoming a director in many of the productions she presented in her career.
Music management and marketing companies, Jive Managing Director Benjamin Nyandoro, described Mangwende as an exceptional talent that has left a great idle in the art industry.
"We have learned with great sorrow about the handover of acting icon Mai Huni. She was an icon we will remember fondly for her role in the prominent series Studio 263. Death gives pain that time can only heal, no words can help it We really feel, but with God, her joy is eternally sealed and we care for her memories that death can not even steal, "he said.
Jibilika founder Plot Mhako said; "It's with a heavy heart that I learned that she went on. In her (Mangwende), we've lost a woman who made people fall in love with local TV and influenced so many lives through her great actor and mother role. She's coming much to be missing and always remember. "
Executive producer of popular soap opera Wenera, Eddie Ndhlovu said Mai Huni has been an inspiration not only for fans and actors, but also for them as writers.
"Studio 263 inspired us to build and shape programs like our Wenera automatically. Mai Huni was one of the characters I can inspire the previous role of Mai Musodza at Wenera. The industry has lost a heroine. If we had an artist hero acre is those they idolize who would be buried there, he said.
President of Zimbabwe's Economic and Social Conversion Network Takemore Mazuruse said that their hope is that the current generation continues to inspire those of Mai Huni as they continue to develop the industry.
"As a network aimed at promoting excellence and productivity in the media, business and arts while promoting economic and social transformation, these are the stepmakers who crossed the gap from Mukadota and Safirio Madzikatire days to today's productions through unprecedented film and theater artisans ", he said.
"The messages they brought by keeping themselves in a largely male dominated industry and the values they formulated also helped inspire women to take up their space while dealing with other related social misunderstandings as addiction."
Before getting her name from the small screen, Mangwende also had a hand in music that had worked with local top reggae outfit Transit Crew and the legendary Pied Pipers.