Mtukudzi’s children wanted him buried at National Heroes Acre
NATIONAL hero and music legend Oliver Mtukudzi’s children wanted him to be buried at the National Heroes Acre.
Mtukudzi died from diabetes on Wednesday afternoon at the Avenues Clinic where he was admitted. He was conferred with the national hero status by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday.
An online Zimbabwean paper Mail and Telegraph revealed that one of Mtukudzi’s aunts insisted that the late music legend should be buried in his village of origin, Madziva.
Said the source: “The children were agreeable that he be buried at the national shrine where they would create a Trust and his grave would serve as a monument and tourist attraction for visitors from across the world just like Michael Jackson’s but one of their distant aunts disagreed with them and opted for Madziwa.
“They had a series of meetings until the children gave up and succumbed to the aunt’s demands.”
A tribute concert was held in honour of Mtukudzi at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Another gig was held all night at the rural Madziva home, with Selmor Mtukudzi putting up a spirited performance as a send-off to her father.
His body was then airlifted by a military helicopter to his rural home.
Mtukudzi is set to be laid to rest at 2 pm on Sunday.