The Prime Minister made these remarks as he consoled Sungura music icon Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo at his Msasa Park home in Kwekwe on Tuesday following the death of his wife Barbara Muchengeti, who committed suicide last week.
” I understand the pain that one goes through after losing a loved one having lost a lovely wife myself last year. I urge you to accept the verdict, find your feet and start walking this long painful road without her”, Tsvangirai was quoted on his website.
He said Moyo and the two children, Tanaka (6) and Nicole (4 ) needed all the support during their trying time and urged relatives and friends to stop adding salt to injury by making careless and uninformed statements relating to the sad passing of Barbara.
“Dambudziko ratinarwo isu vanhu nderekutaura taura zvisizvo nezvimwe zvisinei nesu. Pano tauya kuzochema ngatiitei zvekuchema (Our problem also as people is that we take pleasure in gossiping about issues that do not concern us. We came here to mourn and just mourn we must),” said Tsvangirai to a round of applause.
Speaking at the same occasion, music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, recounted his relationship with Tongai dating back to more than 20 years. He urged Tongai to remain focused in the face of adversity emanating from some sections of the local media.
“Mamwe mapepa nhau atinoziva aripo pakutsondora vanhu. Ngwarira kubviswa maziso ako pabasa rawakatarisana naro. (Some newspapers that we all know exist for the purpose of denigrating people, be careful not to be swayed from the task at hand),” said Tuku, as he is popularly known as.
Barbara, who drank rat poison, over reports of her husband’s move to take a second wife, was expected to be buried this weekend.