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Tongai Moyo's son Peter involved in car accident on his way to Zhombe to bury his father

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image The late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo’s son, Peter

The late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo’s son, Peter was yesterday involved in an accident while on his way to Zhombe to bury his father

The accident immediately involved memories of the late Tongai Moyo’s mystery accidents which haunted him ever since the death of his father.

Many believe Moyo who chose to go ahead with his shows in UK while his father was being buried was cursed.

People who spoke from the scene of the accident, said the funeral wake of the late music super-star was turned into panic mode when news of the accident reached the hundreds of mourners.

“There was panic over the accident of the late Moyo’s son. Peter’s car was hit from behind by another car while he had stopped to give way to crossing cattle. He sustained chest injuries,” Sibanda said.

Peter who was taken to Kwekwe General Hospital by Sulumani Chimbetu after the accident later made the journey to Zhombe and witnessed his father’s burial.

About 5 000 people from across the country converged to bid farewell to the Sungura maestro who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at his Westhood Block home in Zhombe.

Musicians who attended the funeral sang some of Dhewa’s hit songs. Present was Alick Macheso, Charles Charamba, Leonard Zhakata, Somandhla Ndebele, Chase Skuza, Sulumani Chimbetu, Albert Nyathi and others.

Ndebele broke down while singing a duet that they did together with Moyo.

On a different note, Information Minister, Webster Shamu turned the funeral into a political rally, attracting criticism from the grieving mourners.

Shamu said the 75 percent local content air-play enjoyed by musicians presently was mastermind by Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe as a lobby for local musicians’ empowerment.

However, the 75 percent local content law has largely failed to promote the musicians as only one broadcasting entity which often cherry-picks what to put on air depending on political choices, is operating.

The Information Minister who is also Zimbabwe Union of Musicians (Zum) patron however, urged the government to increase airplay policy to 100 percent local content, although ZBC is struggling to fill up the airwaves and often broadcast old films.

In his speech he also spoke about the need to impose stiffer penalties to people found selling pirated music as it has become a cancer of the music industry.

He said a trust was going to be set for the upkeep of Moyo’s family and band.

“People found selling pirated music compact Discs (CDs) should be treated the same as those who would have stolen cattle,” Shamu said.

Nelson Chamisa, Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) said Moyo’s death should be a wake-up call to the government to start treating cancer as a national crisis which needs attention.

Chamisa called on government to make an urgent health review and raise funds for cancer treatment as has been done with HIV/Aids.

Other officials at the funeral said the large crowd which turned up to mourn Dhewa shows how his music was a powerful and unifying force.

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