No memorial service for Soul jah love, says government

After the Musaka family wrote a letter to the government requesting for a memorial service for the late award winning musician Souljah love, the government had to advise the family against holding a memorial service in fear of the spread of Corona Virus.

The government, however, said that there was risk that the service was going to turn into a super spreader event since Chibaba was loved by many.

The government also warned that there is a risk that people may contract and spread the Indian variant of Covid-19 at the event justifying the reason why they had to say no because his funeral and burial at the Warren Hills Cemetery in the capital was a huge spectacle. Tens of thousands of people defied the Covid-19 lockdown regulations in order to see off “Chibaba.”

Writing to the Musaka family, Jasper Chimedza the Secretary for Health and Child Care wrote,

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care is in receipt of your letter dated 14 May 2021 seeking guidance to comply with Covid-19 regulations on the memorial service for the late Cde. Soul Muzavazi Musaka. The ministry advises against holding of such big events at this juncture due to the following:
1. Taking note of the existing Covid-19 control guidelines that stipulate the number of such gatherings not to exceed 30.
2. The presence of the new variant from India which is circulating in the country which can cause a huge spread.
3. The possibility of many people gathering in big numbers, making it difficult to institute Covid-19 control measures.
Your cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated.”

The Zimdancehall sensation, real name Soul Musaka, died in February and was declared a liberation war hero by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.