The late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi’s first wife, Melody Murape has revealed that she did not attend Oliver Mtukudzi’s funeral because she wanted part of the departed national hero’s estate.
In an interview with local tabloid H-Metro, Melody said that she divorced Mtukudzi a long time ago, therefore, she did not want anything from him.
Melody was shunned at the funeral by both the Mtukudzi family and government officials. Speaking H-Metro, Melody said:
Vanhu vavakuti ndavakuda zvinhu; ndogoda kukohwa pandisina kurima sei? Kana vanhu varambana ungazono pihwa pfuma yemurume wawakaramabana naye here? Kwete.
What I worked for with Tuku.I got. I don’t want to lie. What he had now, was for him and the one he was now staying with. I’m not that greedy and I don’t even have the power to claim anything from them. Munhu ngaadye zvaakashandirawo.
… Let me make it clear, Tuku did not divorce me, but it’s me who surrendered as I was against polygamy. “Tuku” was the only husband I knew from the age of 18.
During the subsistence of their marriage, the couple acquired two properties, one in Chitungwiza and the other in Eastlea. The Eastlea one was sold while Melody kept the one in Chitungwiza.