Stunning details in Mtukudzi book

HARARE - Veteran journalist and author, Shepherd Mutamba, has released an explosive, second tell-all book on the life of Oliver Mtukudzi - whom he claims received many gifts from unhinged former first lady Grace Mugabe and also controversially hosted several aides of former president Robert Mugabe, including Cabinet ministers and security chiefs at his Norton arts centre.

Writing, in the newly-released book on the celebrated musician, Mutamba also claims that during his time as Tuku’s publicity, he never once saw the musical icon hosting opposition politicians.

The second instalment on Mtukudzi’s life, Tuku Backstage 2, officially went on sale in the capital yesterday. It has 11 new chapters and 188 pictures which Mutamba used to back up some of his claims on different aspects of the veteran musician’s life.

Meanwhile, Mtukudzi has said that he will not stop the book from being sold on the market — even as he expressed surprise and bewilderment that his former trusted publicist had gone on to author another controversial book on him.

“It’s news to us. We were not aware of this new book, but after all who cares? It is his (Mutamba) democratic right to do so and at the same time it is not Tuku’s business to respond to whatever is said about him. His core business is to produce good music.

“Surely, we have no time to pay attention to every barking dog,” Tuku told the Daily News through his new publicist Walter Wanyanya, ahead of the unveiling of the book.

In the new book, Mutamba once again lays bare what he claims were Mtukudzi’s weaknesses — including allegedly failing to extricate himself from Mugabe’s grip as a result of the gifts given to him by the nonagenarian and his wife.

In the process, the veteran journalist — who worked with Mtukudzi for five years as his publicist — portrayed Mtukudzi through words and pictures as being unusually close to Mugabe’s family and his ministers.

“When we review Tuku’s position, in recent years, when he gave up political commentary, as he tried to distance himself from politics altogether, it is important to discuss his association with the political animals that he befriended.

“To my knowledge, Tuku associated with Mugabe and his wife Grace, from about the year 2010, when he started receiving special gifts from State House; then he suddenly stopped all political criticism, completely.

“I realised, too, that the president’s high profile men became regular guests at Tuku’s special functions, particularly deputy chief secretary to the President, Christian Katsande, who must have been the special envoy of the First Family,” Mutamba said in one of the chapters where he looks at politics and Mtukudzi’s dalliances with Zanu PF bigwigs.

“Tuku would meet Mugabe’s men, but I was not privy to the nature of their conversations. He met the likes of Nicholas Goche, who headed the portfolio that runs the CIO.

“Tuku’s liaison with Mugabe’s special men, indeed, extended to the security’s top brass whose offices have acted at variance with the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

“He hosted the Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, who presided over the partisan and brutal national police that enforces the law selectively. Chihuri’s critics said he is an accessory to Mugabe’s tyranny,” Mutamba added.

He also said the then commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, also regularly visited Tuku’s offices.

Mutamba suggested that perhaps the connection, between the two of them was solely on the basis of humanitarian projects that they ran together.

Shiri is now minister of Lands and Agriculture in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

“Tuku was compromised, more in a fix, really, as long as Mugabe was in power. He could not easily extricate himself from Mugabe’s grip after accepting the presents.

“By renouncing political criticism, Tuku betrayed all the victims of Mugabe’s misrule that Tuku represented in his music all along, before he jumped into bed with Mugabe,” Mutamba said.

In 2015, Mtukudzi was angered by Mutamba when the former published the first edition of Tuku Backstage, which also contained some riveting stuff on the music maestro’s public and private life.

The book caused serious consternation within the Mtukudzi family, as well as among his legion of followers.

Mutamba claimed then that Mugabe had given the music icon an expensive state-of-the-art studio equipment, among other gifts.

“In October 2010, Tuku accepted a gift of $87 000 worth of state-of-the-art studio equipment directly from the-then president.

“He (Tuku) told me about the gift and showed me the equipment that he kept under lock and key, right in his office and not in the storeroom,” Mutamba said in that first book.

He also claimed that Tuku had accepted free advertising in State media that had been arranged by politicians, to announce his late son Sam’s memorial service.

Comments (25)

I seriously think this is totally unwarranted. Asade kutsvaga raramo nehupenyu hwemumwe munhu achinyora zvisina basa,Taneta nevanhu vakadai. He must write about himself so that we know his achievements and successes in life

Edzo - 13 March 2018

This is a typical case of someone trying to become better than Mutukudzi. Brother no one will remember you from the day you die except your immediate family. Tuku is a giant will be remebered in the manys years to come.

failures - 13 March 2018

During Mugabe's rule, who would refuse to associate with him? Who would refuse expensive gifts from him? Even Tsvangirai himself won a presidential election in 2008 but would not refuse to be named PM reporting to the looser, Mugabe!

B. Maricho - 13 March 2018

Tuku will remain an icon you can write your profound claims about Tuku all you want, Tuku is an artist and he has the freedom to entertain whoever he wants politicians or none politicians, Please get your facts right.

Dustyking - 13 March 2018

Mutamba i think you have a vendetta against Tuku, the music icon is apolitical meaning to say that he is open to anyone who stretches to him irrespective of his or her political affiliation. MDC Alliance invited Tuku to perform at their president's funeral and he gladly accepted. Being apolitical does not mean you have to reject liasons with professional politicians but it means that you are not going to parrot on behalf of a political entity. Tuku does not invite politicians but they invite him, politicians are music fans. A professional publicity is supposed to work on behalf of his or her bosses and you were such for Tuku plus the period you knew Tuku is too little to be writen in volumes of novels, if it was Pixie i would consider his sayings because that guy knew Tuku's sangomas, girlfriends etc but he is not betraying his greatest friend.

ptk - 13 March 2018

This man is a failure. Tuku has every democratic right to associate with anyone in the country, including the former first family. Even those currently in power associated with the first family big time. Whats his issue. I will never buy such a book. Waste of time and resources. Enda unorima shamwari rather than wasting your time writing on useless things. I would rather buy Tuku's music than your book because his music is educative and full of wisdom.

sam - 13 March 2018

OMG, this Mtamba boy does not deserve being referred to as a journalist. Never! What happened to ETHICS and does he know anything about this guiding principle in the writing world. You dont go about publishing a book on mongering hoping to make a killing from defaming an icon of Tuku's stature. You remain a desperately poor man - both mentally and financially.Tuku lives on!!!

weMakomo - 13 March 2018

Who is Mutamba anyway. My advice to you Mr journalist is when a car starts to move dogs run after it but that does not stop the car. You are whistling in the wind mufana.

chimuti - 13 March 2018

Why not just go begging in the streets sheppy/ Does anyone actually buy these so called books

Cleaner - 13 March 2018

This guy should immediately stop snooping into other peoples affairs by publishing a useless book.Tuku is giant

General - 13 March 2018

a clear case of sour grapes

NICKI MINAJ - 13 March 2018

asi zvimwe munanyarawo..why protect Tuku's image iye akabenefiter at the expense of his followers illigelly. Tuku stopped singing about politically related issues since 2010. paakaimba bvuma takati he is doing it for Zimbabwe only to backtrack neekuti aipihwa magifts naRobert. not fair to us

legosta - 13 March 2018

Well done Matamba its common knowledge that Tuku is a Huge Coward as far as the struggle for democracy is concerned! He once commented against xenophobia attacks in SA, But cant even whisper a single word about violence in his own Norton community; other people always find Truth painful

SaMawaka - 13 March 2018

Mutamba find other means to make money. You have degraded yourself to the lowest. shame on you.

tafi chigorwe - 13 March 2018

Mutamba what are your ambitions to disrespect tuku. Tuku is a living legend in music he has achieved a lot. now you are busy publishing book after book. leave the legend alone please

nesta - 13 March 2018

Even the most Brutal hardcore Men have their Music taste,Freedom of association should be embraced in a Democratic Society,Oliver is a GREAT MUSICIAN ,i am a BIG FAN.If however he could resolve his animosity with SELMOR & SANDRA I WOULD BE GRATEFUL...FOR BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER!

justice - 13 March 2018

True Mtukudzi is a music icon and free to associate with any politician. He is in his own right a businessman and can be invited by LUCIFER for all we care. Mutamba try your lucky somewhere else. You have exposed your ignorance big time. Like someone said who then would not want to be associated with the first family then. Even ED was at pains trying to please RGM many times despite Dr Stop It rantings!!!!!!!!

Mondy Moyo - 14 March 2018

Be objective in your comments even though one is Tuku's fun. There are elements of truth.

Hatso - 14 March 2018

Mutamba's book was written from a root of bitterness against Tuku.

Cde Rusununguko Kwaedza - 14 March 2018

Kuita kunge munhu akato pika kuti ndichakuuraya chete.Ungaswere kunyora magwaro pemusoro pemumwe munhu, wadii kunyora about yourself, mother, father or children. Maybe kuti rinyatso kunakidza bhuku rako iroro, write about your small house(s)

john peters - 14 March 2018

Get up and get yourself a life Mutamba; and if you have a personal vendetta against Oliver Mtukudzi- just be a man and face him in person instead of trying to soil his image through a book. Mtukudzi is a living legend and he has built and will leave a legacy that your pathetic books will never destroy...

Comrade NC Tereh - 14 March 2018

pple shld stop shouting each other becoz of political differences

desola - 14 March 2018

Comrades, leave this guy called Mutamba alone. He is incorrigible. Anorwara zveshuwa. Andy Brown and Clive Malunga among many, vakatombomurova nemaoko but zvakashaya basa. Iduzvi.

Kabius Kekedu - 19 March 2018

Oh shame, a glance at you shows a frame of a clueless being trying to get crash into fame through blackmail. If he trusted you with his life ....why betray him. You are not worthy anyone's attention.

Phillip Chapfunga - 27 January 2019

Oh shame, a glance at you shows a frame of a clueless being trying to gate crash into fame through blackmail. If he trusted you with his life ....why betray him. You are not worthy anyone's attention.

Phillip Chapfunga - 27 January 2019

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