Tongai Moyo Steals Show At Susan Tsvangirai Burial

Moyo famed for his numerous sungura hit songs joined the thousands of Zimbabweans who travelled to Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s rural home in Buhera for the burial of Susan.


Draped in a black striped suit, white shirt and sky blue leather shoes, Moyo, who had two bodyguards in tow announced his arrival at the funeral wake in grand style.

He alighted from his white Madza BT 50 brand new truck about four kilometers away from the Tsvangirai homestead where the formal proceedings had already started.

For that stretch, a smiling Moyo was mobbed by fans who had gathered for the burial as he struggled to navigate his way towards the main tent where the proceedings where taking place.

At the time of his arrival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Women’s Assembly Chairperson, Theresa Makone, was in the middle of giving her speech narrating her friendship to the late Susan.

But she was cut midstream by the huge chorus of “Dhewa, Dhewa, Dhewa,“ cries from the multitudes of mourners.

The master of ceremony of the day Nelson Chamisa tried to calm down the mourners but without much success. In the meantime Makone’s husband and organiser of the funeral proceedings was jerked off his seat to rescue his wife from the embarrassment. He walked towards the crowd to usher Moyo, who had seated himself among the ordinary people, to the high table.

Chamisa even tried to explain that the programme had to continue in the best interests of time but the crowd would not have anything of it demanding that Moyo be formally recognised. But the more he tried to discipline the crowd the more the “Dhewa“ cries grew louder.

Chamisa was left with no option but to invite Moyo to the podium to allow him to personally pass his condolences to the Prime Minister. Moyo grabbed the opportunity with both hands waving the open hand palm, a symbol of the MDC as he knelt down before the Prime Minister to a wild applause from the crowd.

But as if this was not enough the crowd also demanded that he be given time to speak. Again Chamisa found himself having to call Moyo again onto the podium and formally introduced him to the crowd.

“We are happy to have with us hear Dhewa, he has come to join us to mourn our mother and I am sure he is doing so on behalf of many other musicians such as Suluman Chimbetu, Alick Macheso and Oliver Mtukudzi who could not be hear with us today,“ said Chamisa.

It was only after this acknowledgment that the Dhewa cries died down to allow the funeral proceedings to continue.

Moyo told RadioVOP that he had travelled to Buhera just like many other Zimbabweans to be with the Prime Minister and help him cope with the loss of a loved one.

“I came to be with the rest of Zimbabweans in mourning the Prime Minister’s wife and pass my condolences and sorry to the Prime Minister and his family and I did so in my own capacity,“ said Moyo.

The talented musician composed a song talking about the political negotiations that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF and the two MDCs were engaged in over the past years leading up to the formation of an all inclusive government.

In the album titled Muridzi Wenyaya, Moyo appears to be telling the country’s political leaders for failing to solve the country“s problems for the betterment of all Zimbabweans.