PM Tsvangirai consoles Dhewa

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MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday visited the Tongai Moyo residence to pay his last respects to the bereaved family after the death of Barbara Muchengeti, wife to the sungura music guru.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai visited the house in Msasa Park, KweKwe to console Dhewa after the tragic death of Barbara who committed suicide in yet unclear circumstances.

The burial for the late Barbara has been pencilled in for this weekend after Barbara’s parents, who are in the United Kingdom are yet to arrive.

Tsvangirai told mourners gathered at the residence that Tongai was a social person and “what people would say” should not affect him.

“Tongai is like a son to me and he came all the way to be with me when my wife died last year. He knows how important it is in society to be together in mourning and happiness,” said Tsvangirai.

“We know that when something like this happens, people will always have something to say but that should not destroy you my son. You should accept reality that mai Tanaka is gone and will never come back. It’s painful but that is reality.”

Tsvangirai was accompanied by Information and Communication Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa, his spokesperson James Maridadi, chief secretary in his office Ian Makone, Local Government deputy Minister Sesel Zvidzai and local members of the House of Assembly Settlement Chikwinya and Blessing Chebundo.

Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and wife Daisy also visited the homestead to mourn the death of Barbara.

Mtukudzi told mourners that Tongai had become like a brother to him as he played a very important role in bringing him up in the music circles.

Dhewa also played an important part after the death of Tuku’s son Sam.

“Tongai called me while l was still in South Africa and told me all was not well and l had to come home. He did not tell me what was going on. He played a very important role and now he is like a brother to me,” said Tuku.

Other musicians who came in were Alick Macheso and his orchestra Mberikwazvo band, First Farai and members of Utakataka Express.

Family spokesperson Martin Makonese said that Tongai needed to be consoled and not fed with hard-hitting speculations by people.

He said people had to be sensitive and understand how to help Tongai in such difficult times.