Clash over Tuku’s burial…kids wanted him buried at the National Heroes Acre


There was a clash within the late national hero Oliver Dairai Mtukudzi’s family over his final resting place, the Mail and Telegraph has learnt.

Tuku was declared a national hero by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday and will be buried on Sunday at his rural home in Madziwa.

Inside sources told the Mail and Telegraph that the late national hero’s children wanted their father to be buried at the National Heroes Acre where his grave will serve as a national monument where visitors from across the world would visit but one of the aunts was against the idea.

“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 aunt 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,” revealed our source.

When the Mail and Telegraph team attended the funeral wake in Norton on Friday, tension was visible with the family members said to be locked in closed door meetings.

Meanwhile, the National Arts Councilin conjuction with other stakeholders has organised a musical concert to be held at the National Sports Stadium (NSS)on Saturday.

Several top musicians are expected to perform in honour and memory of the late national hero whose musical legacy will live on.

His body will be at the NSS this Saturday afternoon and the hearse will depart for One Commando late afternoon and the helicopters will ferry the body to Madziwa where the it will lie in state.

He will be buried on Sunday afternoon at 14.00 hours.

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