Why Tuku Didn’t Leave His Wealth To His Children

There are various theories as to why the legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi chose to give all his possessions to his wife Daisy and nothing to his four children Samantha, Selmor, Sandra, and Sybil.

Mtukudzi’s long-time publicist and veteran journalist, Shepherd Mutamba claimed last week that the decision was motivated by Tuku’s hatred of his daughters. He said:

He had so much hatred for his daughters that it would bring even Satan to tears. But if his son Sam was alive I bet he would have helped ease the tension. That boy was ahead of his time.

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Meanwhile, an extract from Mutukudzi’s interview with Mai Chisamba six years ago proposes a diverging theory. During the interview, Mutukudzi said he believed children should work for themselves. He said:

Children should work for their own money and not expect handouts from their parents. A child should be empowered so that they are successful in life. A child that is given money or a car by their parent . . . you’ll have destroyed their future. They won’t know how difficult it is to save and buy a car.

So when you die, who do you think will keep on dishing out things like that to your child? No one. . . A child should be taught how to get these things on their own.

It could be true that he wanted to avoid spoiling them, but, it remains important to consider that Tuku’s relationship with his daughters was sour. The media is awash with cases where Tuku clashed with Selmor. She is reported to have lamented at severally over her father’s absence in her life whilst he was assisting other upcoming artists.



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2 comments on “Why Tuku Didn’t Leave His Wealth To His Children

  1. Yes, these two theories add up very wel,: the children wanted to be spoiled by the further and the father did not believe in that, so they hated hm for that. If you look closer into how he treated the daughters , I am sure you will see how he tried to empower them than give them money to enjoy themselves! The daughters may not have liked to delay gratification for a better future, hence their hatred of the father.

  2. Just give it time. To be called Father as Hon Mtukudzi was means a lot more, a great mind like him could not have gone that low to forget and fall into such an abyss. If then there are documents to that effect certainly a big rat smells as to their origin…..Equally again even a Hon Mtukudzi may not have known what a great celebrity he constitutes for Zimbabwe and the Music Fraternity, it is incumbent upon the remaining Tuku spouses, daughters, professionals to be sober enough to rebound to the floor, unite the family and share what this great man left ultimately redefining family relations and more so business relations with a sense of maturity in a manner which conjures a befitting dignity and respect and a stronger rebounded Tuku Legacy. Get good advisers from those of his circles locals and internationals focusing on a rationale sharing and progression of the business using the wealth of knowledge of his lovely daugthers, stepmother, crew members and all local + international colleagues , you will really make a change and great favour the music industry in Zimbabwe, Africa and the greater world. God bless.

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Why Tuku Didn’t Leave His Wealth To His Children