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Son of Zimbabwe Music Icon Oliver Mtukudzi Laid To Rest in Harare Cemetery


Youth and Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said it was tragic that Sam Mtukudzi died in yet another accident on Zimbabwe’s crumbling highways

Sam Mtukudzi, son of musician Oliver Mtukudzi, was buried Wednesday at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare with more than 4,000 family members, friends and fans paying their final respects. He was buried beside friend and fellow musician, Owen Chimhare, who died with him when their vehicle crashed Monday near Harare.

Speaker after speaker lamented the younger Mtukudzi's death at the young age of 21. Oliver Mtukudzi said he was devastated by his son’s death, in part because he had hoped Sam would carry on his legacy.

Mtukudzi's wife Daisy was overcome by emotions as she talked about her son, his life and his music.

Political leaders from all three main political parties consoled the Mtukudzi family.

Youth and Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said it was tragic that Sam Mtukudzi died in yet another accident on Zimbabwe’s crumbling highways.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his two deputies and the nation’s two vice presidents visited the Mtukudzi family home Tuesday evening to pay their respects.

President Mugabe sent Oliver Mtukudzi and his family a message of condolence.

"This particular accident dramatizes yet again the hazards always stalking our road users, more so the youthful ones," Mr. Mugabe said. "Our nation has been robbed of two youngsters of great promise and future in the music industry.

"For me personally, it has always been delightful to follow the musical career of the Mtukudzi family, a career which, through Sam and his sister Selma, appeared set to broaden and branch out in its graceful flourish.

"Alas this was not to be. Today, a vital shoot of that great musical tree stands broken, stumped and wilting.

"On behalf of the inclusive Government, my family and on my own behalf, I wish to express heartfelt condolences to the Mtukudzi family, especially Baba Naamai Mtukudzi," the president stated.

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