|Prince Tendai had his roots at heart|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 20:26|
The late barbed wire sounds maestro, Tendai Mupfurutsa, had grand ambitions for his rural home area although many people never understood those dreams.
He planned to construct a clinic next to a shopping centre close to the Mupfurutsa homestead. Prince Tendai at one time confided in this writer that he wanted to bring Harare to his home area of Chishumba in Magunje, by establishing a shopping mall, an entertainment centre and a church, all in an effort to ensure that his people became abreast with life’s ever-changing trends.
“Inasmuch as we would want to live in Borrowdale Brooke or somewhere along Folyjon Crescent, we need to develop and beautify our rural areas because they are our heritage that nobody can take away from us,” once said the urban grooves godfather.
Although there now seems to be slim chances of realising his dreams, the villagers, particularly in the Mupfurutsa community, had their hopes partly raised by Mupfurutsa’s close friends who committed to completing the clinic project during the “barbed wire” musician’s burial last year.
his proposal to acquire land for a service station, a food court and an arts centre which he claimed would generate employment for his people, among other things.
According to Karoi Town Council secretary Maxwell Kaitano, Mupfurutsa was later invited for an interview after which he was offered and shown the piece of land to the west of Karoi Junior School, opposite Twin River Inn, where he was given the green light to start his projects after certain payments were made.
“Unfortunately just after we had met and discussed on the modalities of payment, he was involved in an accident that later kept him shuttling to specialists overseas. The last time I met him, he appeared to be in pain and had a slur in his speech.
Group, a non-governmental organisation assisting the terminally ill and the vulnerable in areas that include Hurungwe, Kariba and Chegutu, among others.
By the time of his death, Mupfurutsa with his long-time friends who are successful farmers in Hurungwe — Frank Chikwari and Corys Gandawa — was on the verge of launching Hurungwe Development Association — a forum that was aimed at spearheading development in the district through the benevolence of the district’s sons and daughters resident in different parts of the world.
According to Chikwari and Gandawa, the launch of the association alongside its website had been scheduled for last April at a local hotel in Karoi.
Mupfurutsa’s benevolence could have roots in his parentage and the way he was brought up.
After Brigadier Mupfurutsa’s first wife passed away, he married a second wife who later became Prince Tendai’s mother.
From his second marriage Brigadier Nzou, as he was affectionately known, on account of his totem, had seven children with Prince Tendai being among the five boys.
The seven are Obidiah (now late), Amos, Prince Tendai, Noah, Peter Mark (former ZBC broadcaster now based in the UK) and two girls, Sarudzai and Miriam (both late).
Being the son of a Salvationist, Prince Tendai attended Salvation Army schools — Charles Clarke and Nyamutora primary schools — before he transferred to Howard Mission for completion of his primary and secondary education.
During those days, rural schools were administered by councils which were also operating under specific chiefdoms.
Upon leaving Hurungwe during the early 1980s he went to Harare where he worked for an insurance company until he ventured into private business.