I have learnt to forgive: Kawara

HARARE - Afro-Jazz artiste Alexio Kawara says he has forgiven the motorist who knocked him down along Second Street in December last year in an accident that left him nursing a broken leg.

The Shaina hit-maker is learning to cope with the accident that resulted in his right leg getting broken in into two.

“The whole experience has taught me to forgive,” Kawara told the Daily News.

“I realised that an accident is an accident. The person who hit me did not do it intentionally. I was bitter at first but I later realised that no one does that on purpose.”

The accident has also made the rising star to appreciate why it is important for motorists to stop and help fellow motorists who have been involved in accidents.

“Even when you are rushing somewhere and you are in a hurry, just taking time to help could save someone’s life,” he said.

Kawara dismissed rumours suggesting that he was tipsy on the day in question.

“We were shooting a video for the new single Zvazvinhu and we had finished late so I was coming from dropping off my friend.”

Due to the accident Kawara has been forced to put on hold his social responsibility initiative called Tose under which he assists disadvantaged school-going children at Ushamba Primary and Secondary Schools in Mutoko district.

“Right now I am just concentrating on getting better and I will not be able to raise money for the Tose project. Unfortunately my plans have been derailed by the injury but the project will not stop, I will continue as soon as I recover,” he said.

The Karwiyo singer has not managed to completely shake off images of the accident from his head.

“The first thing I did was pray. I prayed that I would be able to see my son Tadiwa grow. I could not imagine leaving him.

“What happened that day is that there was a guy driving a BMW and he wanted to turn right into Natal but was coming from the outer lane and I was in the inner lane.

“He just got into the lane and had an abrupt stop.I tried to avoid him but I failed resulting in me hitting him from behind. I then got out of the car to check if he was okay, he seemed okay but he was not wearing a belt so he had hurt his chest internally.

“So I went back to my car to get my phone in order to call for help, as I was getting back to the guy in the BMW I was hit. To be honest that car was speeding. The next thing I remembered was that I had been hit,” said Alexio.

The accident has forced Alexio to scale back in a big way.

“Right now I am just at home .Apart from visits to the doctor and friends coming to take me to go for lunch nothing much is going on. I am grounded but recovering. I don’t think I will be going out much because my leg hurts. I am also using this time to write songs as well as perfecting my Mbira and guitar playing.”

Despite the accident, Alexio launched his latest single Zvazvinhu on December 25 .

The track will be part of is his upcoming album Oyi.

Comments (1)

Speed dzinoitwa muroad umu dzotyisa urikumhanyirepi? I feel police must come down on such reckless drivers, suspend their licences, especially kombi drivers are bully on the road, they can drive any how, a lot of drivers don't care how they drive. Accidents are claiming valuable lives, they are also leaving permanent scars and damage, please think of other road users before you start the "car racing" on our roads.

Simbarashe - 6 February 2014

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