MUSICIAN Gift Amuli is grounded and ‘starving’ at his Gweru base after he was injured in a road accident recently.
The Zvishavane Sounds band leader, who requires more than US$2000 to undergo further surgery in South Africa, said he was struggling to make ends meet.
Unlike most celebrities who would die in secret for fear of being called names in such trying times, Amuli said he had lost his source of income.
Narrating his ordeal, Amuli said he was a victim of Gweru Municipality Police brutality and he thanked God to be alive.
“On the 22nd of January 2019 at about 1.30pm, I decided to hike to Shurugwi in the company of my uncle Calvin Nduku.
“When we arrived at the pick-up point at the Cathedral Hall, we boarded a Honda Fit (registration number AEM 0522) which was about to take off.
“As it was taking off, a team of Gweru Municipality Police threw spikes under the car as the driver didn’t want to stop.
“I recall seeing the municipal police throwing the spikes twice and the car lost control and hit a street light pole
“I was sitting at the back and we were four passengers in it. I can’t remember what happened thereafter,” said the Wamatuka singer.
Amuli said he has been in and out of hospital as he needed further treatment in South Africa.
“The most serious injury occurred on my right humerus bone, I have been advised to get an orthopedic surgeon to insert implants called anatomic elbow plates, which costs plus or minus US$2000.
“It’s a lot of money needed and I am appealing to well-wishers to come to my rescue because I don’t have any savings or source of income,” he said.
Asked when fans should expect him back on stage, he explained:
“I’m not fit for the stage at the moment. I am praying to the Almighty to heal my hand which is useless at the moment.
“I’m not getting any income. I’m at home full time trying to raise the money needed for the surgery.
“My fans pray for me during these difficult times.”
Asked what he missed most during the time he was injured, Amuli said:
“I failed to attend to our late hero Dr Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s funeral because I was hospitalised at Gweru General Hospital and then I was taken to Donald Fraser Hospital in South Africa.
“I am in and out of hospital and the life is unbearable for me being in hospital most of the times. I really miss my fans and the stage stage.”
As Amuli recovers at home, he still has faith in God that he will be healed and he has since recorded two gospel singles namely Prayer and Nyasha.
Amuli, who turned 45 on January 23, is a sungura artiste with a relatively large following.
The talented guitarist and composer boasts of chart-topping albums namely Munombozvigona Seiko?, By Ginya, Yave Munesu (Bhora Mberi) and Masvingo among other singles.
He was in the process of recording at the time he was injured in an accident.