DAISY MTUKUDZI says the death of her son, Sam, still haunts the family – 12 years after his departure.
Sam died on March 15 2010, in a car crash along arare-Bulawayo Road near a bridge in Kuwadzana Extension, on his way home to Norton.
His friend and sound engineer, Owen Chimhare also died in the same accident.
And, 12 years after his death, Daisy – the widow to national hero and music legend Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi – claims they are still to come to terms with the tragedy.
“It’s sad to note how time flies and how life has changed, in the past 12 years, without Sam.
“Sometimes, I feel like I am dreaming because Sam was a loving boy, who always wanted to excel in his career. The wound is still fresh and I don’t know when and how am I going to heal,” she said.
Daisy said she vividly remembers some of the moments she had with her son.
“He was always smiling and I liked the way he used to crack jokes with the rest of the family, especially during holidays, or family gatherings.
“Sam used to promise me so many things that I will not forget in my life.
“He bought me expensive bracelets, when he toured the US, which I still keep in the house,” she said.
She, however, said they were yet to come up with something to celebrate his life.
“We would have wanted to host a gig to remember the legacy he left behind but we had to postpone it.
“His memorial is not something that we can organise overnight so we are still in the planning process.
“As a family, we will definitely do something beyond laying flowers at his grave,” she added.
Sam’s sister, Selmor, yesterday remembered her brother with a social media post which read, “12 years ago today you were taken away from us. Continue to rest well my brother.”
Touted as the Tuku heir to the throne, Sam died at a time when he was beginning to make great strides as a solo artist, both locally and regionally.