Dr Oliver Mtukudzi declared national hero

The late music legend, Dr Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi has been declared a national hero.

The declaration of national hero status to Dr Mtukudzi was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Tuku’s home in Norton on Thursday where he had visited to pay his condolences to the Mtukudzi family.

The decision to declare Dr Mtukudzi a national hero was unanimous.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course after consultations with family members.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation is organising a memorial music concert to celebrate the life of a legend and his achievements in music as well as bidding him an appropriate send off.

In a statement, the ministry said in that vein corporates who benefited immensely from Dr Mtukudzi’s work through advertisements, promotion and marketing activities among other commissioned works are being encouraged to come on board in making arrangements for the concert.

Earlier on, the ministry in its condolence message to the Mtukudzi family said it received with shock and sadness the passing on of a Zimbabwean music icon, a cultural ambassador par excellence, a mentor, a unifier, a social communicator and indeed an exemplary family man.

The ministry further said it is beyond doubt that the void Dr Mtukudzi has left in the cultural and creative industries arena nationally and internationally will be difficult to fill.