The pandemonium led to the cancelling of the body viewing of the sungura super star as the thousands of fans jostled and shoved. The thousands who thronged the stadium had braved the scorching heat to bid farewell to one of Zimbabwe’s greatest musician popularly known as Dhewa.
Fans said Dhewa’s death had shocked them since they were anticipating his recovery.
“I could not believe the news when I heard it. I was shocked because I had heard he was getting better.”
However a lot of Dhewa’s fans are disappointed he has not been declared a national hero.
“It’s sad that there is no heroes’ acre to bury music heroes. If there was Tongai would have been declared a national hero,” said another fan.
Another added:”It is a shame that as a nation we have not embraced heroism in any other discipline other than politics…”
Meanwhile Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) on Monday sent its condolences to the family and friends of the late Sungura superstar.
The MDC-T said in a statement that it learnt with great shock and sadness of the passing on of ‘Dhewa’ Moyo.
Moyo (43) died St Anne’s Hospital in Harare on Saturday. He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer which affects cells in the lymphatic system called lymphocytes.
“The MDC joins the Moyo family, his fans and the country as a whole in honouring and celebrating Tongai Moyo’s contribution to the entertainment world. We particularly mourn with the Moyo family because Tongai made it clear that he wanted real change in Zimbabwe.
He was a believer of peace, solidarity and togetherness,” read part of the MDC-T condolence message.
“The MDC family will not forget the support he gave to our President when Amai Susan Tsvangirai passed away on 6 March 2009. Moyo travelled all the way to Humanikwa village in Buhera to be with President Tsvangirai at his time of grief.
“To his wife, Miniehle Mukweli, children, relatives and fans, we mourn with you. We hold hands together as we continue the journey for real change; a journey where artists are free to express themselves without fear of victimisation.
“We have lost a musician of a kind. Fare thee well, Tongai Moyo.”
Moyo is expected to be buried in his hometown of Kwekwe on Tuesday.