THE widow of the late national hero and legendary Afro-Jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi, Daisy, says he did not leave any money for her and she is struggling to pay her workers and complete execution of his estate because of lack of funds.
Tuku died in January 2019 after along illness and was buried at his rural home in Madziva, despite having been declared a national hero by President Mnangagwa.
Daisy, while at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton, the home of Tuku Music on Friday, told journalists that she was struggling to cope with the loss of her dear husband as well as funds to execute his estate, amid reports the matter is set for hearing in the courts soon.
“I am grateful to many musicians who continued coming to check on me after the death of my husband. For instance, Alick Macheso’s wife stayed with me for a long time in Madziva after the burial of my husband. I appreciate her stance and I will forever be grateful to her great gesture,” Daisy told the State-owned Chronicle.
“Tuku did not leave any money for me. Many people think he left a lot of money but he did not. I have no money. I am a failing to complete execution of his estate because I have no money.
“Tuku himself did not have money. Ask those who know him, he would facilitate deals for others, he would host youngsters and help them but he would not give them money. He just did not have money. I am even struggling to pay the 20 workers left here. I don’t want to fire any,’’ she claimed.
Despite it being more than two and a half years after Tuku’s death, Daisy revealed she is still mourning her husband and won’t stop morning any time soon.
“I am still mourning. I don’t know how to stop mourning. Tuku was everything to me. I will mourn for as long as I can mourn. I feel his absence. I don’t know if anyone can teach me to stop mourning,’’ she says.
Daisy has a construction company that erects pre-cast concrete walls. She said that the company sustained Tuku’s music during hard times. She constructed many of the most outstanding pre-cast concrete walls (Durawalls) in and around Norton and Harare, she says.
“I am the brains behind Pakare Paye. Tuku concentrated on music until one day when we visited some country together and saw simple lodges. I told him I wanted to build some. He was hesitant at first.
“When a white man who used to see me work with my boys on concrete walls early morning decided to leave Zimbabwe for political reasons and offered me the land that Pakare Paye sits on today. Tuku being Tuku was hesitant and he said there was no money but I negotiated for part payments, which we then did.
“I worked on the lodges, the kitchen, the salon and other structures while Tuku concentrated on the studio. Another white man gave me 10 trucks to carry soil to fill up the huge podium. We worked for these things. It was not easy.’’
Daisy is a strong follower of First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa whom she says, is an epitome of an African woman.
“The First Lady is a good example of a real woman. She is humble and traditional. I envy her for that. When I see her kneel down before elders, the Korekore girl in me smiles. I am a Korekore and very cultured.
“I like the way she dresses, the way she humbles herself and the way she works for the general good of the people of this country. That is a sign of motherhood. She is the mother of the nation and she fits very well into that cast,’’ she says. Daisy says her dream is to unite Tuku’s family and promote Tuku’s legacy.
Daisy also said is focused on raising her grandchildren and uniting the family.
“All those children, Sandra, Selmor, Samantha and Sybilo are my children and I have grandchildren. I want to unite them. I want to raise my grandchildren.”
Turning to food, she says she loves traditional food.
“I love traditional food, ocra, flying ants (ishwa) and mice with starch. My husband loved those too. It made our meals nice.’’
But it is her partying short that tell the story of what she has gone through.
“I want to challenge the people of Zimbabwe to shun gossip and say only those things they are sure of. A little bit of time spent of finding the truth is important. Many things said about celebrities and their spouses are not true.
“It is a painful experience to hear of a lot of lies being pushed round and round, circulating as the truth. Falsehood are never good for people and for the country. Vanhu ngavataure kwavaswera.’’
- via Chronicle