The burial of socialite Michelle ‘Moana’ Amuli has reignited a long feud between her divorced parents, who are now fighting over the remains of their child.
Her father, Mr Ishmael Amuli wants her buried in a Muslim way as he is a Muslim himself while his estranged wife says Ishmael must not be anywhere near Moana’s funeral since he had a sower relationship with the deceased.
Moana’s biological mother insists that since Moana was not in good books with Mr Amuli then her burial should have nothing to do with him. A family member told Zim Morning Post about the deep divisions within the two families.
Amuli has previously not hidden his dislike of the lifestyle that Moana was leading – a socialite, a video vixen and model career, saying it was against his beliefs and the way he had brought her up.
Michy’s biological mother abandoned her at 18 months and she was raised by her father and stepmother whom she was very close to until about two years ago when her father slapped her for venturing into the socialite lifestyle.
“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, the family member said
Moana died in a road accident with friends while coming from celebrating her 26th birthday.
Ginimbi’s Rolls Royce Wraith in which Moana and three others were passengers was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Fit along Borrowdale road before veering off the road, hitting a tree and catching fire.
Meanwhile, news just coming in says Moana, will be buried the Muslim way, her father has declared , despite the chaos, family feud and drama that characterised her funeral wake.
A church service which was scheduled for yesterday afternoon had to be cancelled as her father Mr Ishmael Amuli stood his ground.
Moana died in the horrific accident that also claimed the lives of socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure, Malawian businessman Limumba Karim and Mozambican model Alicha Adams.
Moana (26) is expected to be buried at Zororo Cemetery along Seke Road this afternoon. Her funeral service was supposed to be conducted at Doves funeral parlour in Harare yesterday following successful DNA identification.
It took about three hours for the family to agree on burial arrangements, but it was Mr Amuli’s decision that prevailed.
As the family heckled, a chain of events played out throughout the day where people gathered to witness the funeral procession.
Bikers who were parked outside the parlour to escort the hearse caused a stir as people jostled for photo opportunities.
Prophet Passion Java who had come for the funeral service took time to meet his fans who sought to catch a glimpse of him. He later ignited a scramble as people jostled to lay their hands on US$20 notes that he was dishing out.
He later left after noticing that there was no service to be conducted.
Some members from Moana’s mother’s side were donning white T-shirts inscribed “Rest in Peace Moana”, while the father’s side were resplendent in their Muslim regalia.
“I am Muslim and my daughter should be buried as per our tradition. Her body should not lie in state in Highfield as they wanted,” he said angrily as he was whisked away to the car, with his cousins and nephews shielding him from the media.
Moana’s uncle from the mother’s side, Austin Chimedza said the burial will be at Zororo Cemetery.
“We are now at peace with the father and other members, and a lot has been said on social media, but people should respect the family’s privacy.
“We will collect her body from Doves and the burial will be at Zororo. We are satisfied with the DNA test results.
At the parlour, a church service that was planned for yesterday with the decor already in place had to be cancelled.
A vendor, Tinevimbo Majuru (28), who was selling cigarettes and airtime near the parlour said the drama started at noon when both families arrived but seemed not to be in agreement.
“I think they should let their daughter rest in peace. Moana’s aunt was shouting at the top of her voice stating that the funeral service will not to be conducted today because there are some issues that had to be discussed. It is just a display of power,” said Majuru.