The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry has revealed that her ministry has plans to host a mega memorial concert to celebrate the life of the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi who died last Wednesday in Harare.
Speaking on the sidelines of Mtukudzi’s funeral wake at his rural home in Madziwa on Sunday, Coventry said she was inspired by the success of the tribute concert that was held at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday and will mobilise artistes to come up with a bigger memorial concert.
“I was inspired by the success of the concert held at the National Sports Stadium and how young artistes spoke about the knowledge and advise they got from him (Mtukudzi).So my ministry will hold a bigger concert and use that platform not only to remember Tuku’s life but also give exposure to other upcoming artistes,” she said.Coventry, who was clad in a doek, also revealed that government has plans of erecting a large statue in Tuku’s memory.
“We will also a erect a statue in his memory, the last time i interacted with him was in South Africa when we were sitting together at some panel and he always emphasized the need of using common sense in whatever you do,|” said Coventry.
Meanwhile, thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the late national hero’s rural home with stretches of cars making a beeline on the roads.
MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa was part of the mourners .
Tuku will be buried at 14.00 hours this Sunday.