…wife ‘locked’ down in SA
Trust Khos, Assistant News Editor
AFFABLE music promoter, farmer and businessman, Charles Mukuze, has died.
Better known as Samukuze is showbiz circles, the down to earth music fanatic and benefactor, died at local hospital yesterday morning after a short illness.
He was 52.
Family spokesperson Farai Chisenwa described Samukuze as a loving and hardworking family man.
“We are devastated following the death of my brother Samukuze who was a caring family man, farmer and music fan,” said Chisenwa who was devastated at the loss.
“Many people in showbiz know him as the late Tongai Moyo’s best friend and farmer who was getting well along with others.
“But it was in showbiz where he made his name as music promoter, fan and benefactor who used to assist fellow artistes like Suluman Chimbetu, Romeo Gasa, Peter Moyo among others.
“He was into cattle rearing and food industry where he made a name for himself by supplying African delicacies.
“We will surely miss him for his true love as he helped the needy and less privileged people.”
Chisenwa described the late businessman as a unifier who was good in conflict resolution.
“My brother did not like conflicts and he would bring warring parties together using his influence.
“We have lost a pillar in the family who was fun-loving and caring,” he said.
However, burial arrangements were still sketchy as the family awaits the arrival of Samukuze’s wife Felistas who is in South Africa where she had gone see a sick relative.
“We hope to bury my brother in Manica Bridge near Hartzel Mission along the Nyanga Road.
“We were still awaiting for the arrival of my brother’s wife since she was locked down in South Africa due to the Covid-19 where she had gone to attend to a sick relative.
“It is my hope that my brother’s wife will be able to attend the burial on time,” he said.
Fellow businessman and friend Josh Hozheri who was in good books with Mukuze described him as a sad loss.
“Mukuze was a fine gentleman who did a lot for the showbiz industry to be where it is today.
“He really worked hard and we will surely miss him since he was supportive.
“He supported most of the artistes during album launches where he would make bids for the albums.
“He used his money to empower artistes directly and we will miss him,” he said.
Utakataka Express heir apparent Peter Moyo was also devastated.
“He used to hang around with my father and they grew to become good friends.
“Samukuze waas one of the people that helped us at the burial of my father and we also bought my first album copy for Mushonga Mukuru for US$1000 in solidarity of Tongai Moyo’s legacy,” he said.
Alick Macheso’s camp also sent their condolences message to Samukuze’s family.
“He was a nice person who used to attend our shows and he was in good books with Alick Macheso and the rest of the group,” said Orchestra Mberikwazvo spokesperson Tich Makahamadze.
Fellow artistes Suluman Chimbetu, Romeo Gasa, socialite Wanisayi “Mahwindo” Mutandwa and fellow music promoters have expressed the shock at the loss of Samukuze.
He is survived by his wife Felistas and five children – two boys and three girls.
Mourners are gathered at No. 2669 in New Marlborough.