Moana burial hangs in the balance as bickering parents fight on
The burial of socialite Michelle ‘Moana’ Amuli which had been scheduled for 2pm this afternoon is hanging in the balance amid bickering between the family of her father and mother, on how she should be laid to rest, Zim Morning Post can report.
Reached for comment Doves Funeral Services, who are providing the services for the funeral wake, requested for “patience and space” as the family maps a way forward.
“I know there is immense interest from the public at large on the program for Moana. She was a loved personality by family, friends and the public at large,” Doves Holdings Group Public Relations Manager Innocent Tshuma said in a statement on Thursday morning.
“As Doves our experience since 1902 has taught us that in order to give a befitting and dignified send off we must be guided by the family. We therefore ask for patience and space to be given to the family on the way forward regarding all arrangements. We will let you know once the family has finalized program,” he concluded.
Zim Morning Post understands that mediators agreed on Wednesday that her remains will lie in state at Doves Funeral Parlour before proceeding for burial on Thursday.
In the early hours of Wednesday indications had been that family and friends would pay their last respects with an all-night Virgil at Moana’s mother’s home in Highfields with her remains lying in state there.
However, matters came upon collection of the burial order when Moana’s father, Amuli, claimed the remains of Moana ordering that she should be buried the “Muslim way” as he was of the Muslim faith.
Her biological mother, immediately hit out, insisting Moana had been at serious loggerheads with her father before her untimely death and thus her burial should have nothing to do with him.
Amuli has previously not hidden his dislike of the lifestyle that Moana was leading.
“Michy’s biological mother abandoned her at 18 months and she was raised by her father and step mother whom she was very close to until about two years ago when her father slapped her for venturing into the socialite lifestyle,” a family member who declined to be named said.
“So when she died she had found her way back to her biological mother because her father did not accept the lifestyle she had chosen.”
Zim Morning Post understands that mediators agreed that neither of the parents will have the remains.
Moana had just celebrated her 26th birthday when the Roll Royce Wraith that was being driven by Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure crashed and burst into flames along the Borrowdale Road in the capital a fortnight ago.
Her burial was delayed following an inconclusive post mortem conducted last Tuesday morning, prompting DNA tests.