KWEKWE — Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa has hinted city fathers in the Midlands town were mulling which honour to bestow on the late musical icon Tongai Moyo who passed on last Saturday.
This follows demands by Moyo’s fans for the local authority to induct their idol into the city’s Hall of Fame or have a landmark feature in Kwekwe named after him to preserve his legacy.
“We hear the calls made by many and truly, the man was a great ambassador for Kwekwe.
“After his burial we will have to sit down and decide on a befitting honour for the legacy he has left for us. That legacy should be protected,” he said.
Fellow Kwekwe musician Ronny Mudhindo, one of the first band members of the Utakataka Express, appealed to government officials to honour the late band leader and ensure his legacy of preaching peace, love and unity to a nation ravaged by political polarisation was not lost.
“Dhewa was like a father to me and we worked together after starting the band in 1994.
“He rose from just being a clerk at Kwekwe General Hospital to be a brand ambassador for Kwekwe and the nation. That legacy cannot just be left to die.
“Peter (Dhewa’s son) needs our support and that of band members who were still with Dhewa, to help maintain that legacy,” said Mudhindo.
Former Zifa board member Mwandibuya Mutepfa also called on the local authority to play its role in preserving Moyo’s legacy.
“We could not have asked for a better ambassador for this city. Nobody can claim to have lifted the image and flag of Kwekwe higher than Tongai. He needs to be honoured. Even the business community should be encouraged to form a memorial trust fund in his name,” said Mutepfa.