The body of ‘Kanda Matombo’ singer Fortune Muparutsa who died in the United Kingdom almost 8 months ago still lies unclaimed at a funeral parlour in London.
A close friend of the former Mutare based singer told Nehanda Radio no one from his family or friends had stumped up the 2500 to 3500 pounds required to fly the body to Zimbabwe.
It is also reported that the money needed for Fortune’s body’s repatriation was raised last year, but relatives are said to have used it for other things.
More shockingly its claimed hundreds of bodies of Zimbabweans who died in the UK are also unclaimed at dozens of funeral parlours.
Muparutsa started singing and playing instruments at the tender age of seven.
His career kicked off soon after leaving school when he joined his siblings to form a band called The Runn Family where he penned a number of hits including Nhapitapi, Muchongoyo, Zino Irema among others. Muparutsa also played with the group Ilanga before he pursued a solo career.
Meanwhile efforts by the Zimbabwe Guardian website to reach Muparutsa’s wife, who has four kids with the singer and believed to be living in Northampton, proved fruitless. Muparutsa’s mobile goes to voicemail and his voice is still on.