The late music icon and national hero Oliver Mtukudzi’s father-in-law has revealed that he is a bitter man because he was snubbed and denied a chance to say his final farewell to his son-in-law. Fred Gasho, who is the father to Mtukudzi’s widow Daisy, said that he did not attend the funeral because no one had bothered to inform him and his wife Daisy’s step-mother of the funeral or the musician’s illness. He went on to say that while Daisy and the Mtukudzi family had snubbed the Gasho family, they had sent word as well as transport to the Mashonga family, relatives of Daisy’s biological mother Elizabeth who passed on in 2016.
In an interview with the Sunday Mail, Gasho said,
I was never told of the illness of my son-in-law, and later his passing on. It is very difficult to hear that your son-in-law has passed away, without hearing of his illness.
Then we were shocked as everyone when we heard the news of his death on radio. We were waiting for official communication, as per our customs, but no word has come through. Therefore, we could not travel to a funeral which we were not informed of.
… they didn’t send any word nor car to ferry us but we hear they sent a bus to the Mashonga family, to take them to the funeral…we haven’t spoken to Daisy in about five years, even over the phone. That is how our relationship has broken down but we are not sure why.
“Is this to say we “ate” our muzukuru? Or we “ate” our son-in-law? The way we have been side-lined has left us with a lot of questions.
When reached for comment, Daisy said that as far as she was concerned the Gasho family had attended her husband’s funeral.