An unidentified employee supposedly of funeral service provider Nyaradzo was caught off side when he leaked (to social media) a confidential document that shows the company’s commitment to provide funeral services to the late music icon Oliver Mtukudzi who died in Harare on Wednesday.
The ‘body removal form’ went viral and Nyaradzo officials could not immediately available to verify the authenticity of the document on Thursday as their phones were not reachable.
This development follows a stampede by Zimbabwe’s funeral service providers yesterday to offer Oliver Mtukudzi’s family their services in a bid to enhance their brands by riding on the fame of the now late music Afro-Jazz sensation, the Mail & Telegraph can reveal.
Mtukudzi died at the Avenue Clinic’s ICU unit late Wednesday afternoon.
He had suffered a diabetes attack and was rushed to hospital, close family members said.
As news of the tragedy, which stunned Zimbabweans, quickly spread across the world yesterday, top funeral service providers were in a foot race to give the icon a final send-off.
“Tuku is an icon and we found it befitting to offer him our services and give him a decent send off,” said one employee from a leading funeral service provider.
In the end Nyaradzo secured the funeral rights and that is when one of their employees misfired and leaked a commitment form on social media.
This was met with a barrage of criticism as it was tantamount to breaching client- service provider confidentiality.
Should Tuku be conferred with national hero status, leading funeral service provide Doves is likely to take over as they have ably managed such burials of national heroes.
Tuku is survived by his wife Daisy and five children.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced but mourners are gathered at his house in Knowe, Norton.