By Meleasie Goviro – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Naturally, the most devastated person in the country today (MAY 18), was Moses’ mother Shirley Tau and his immediate family.
In an interview with EMTV, Shirley broke down in tears as it dawned on her that she would only ever have his voice to listen to; a painful reminder of a once loving son.
“I will only hear your (Moses) voice on the radio and I will be crying. “ she said between tearful sobs.
Shirley sadly recalled the weeks leading up to his death when he had told her over and over he loved her.
“I cannot live without you.” Mose had told his mother.
She says it had been the first night that Moses had not spent with her and the day before his birthday.
Shirley Hegame Tau adopted Moses from her parents as a baby and watched him grow up into the celebrity he became.
His sister and aunt Alice Ghou had been the last person to share his birthday with him.
“That day he was sharing everything with me and I asked him why he was sharing everything with me. He said today is my birthday, you should know that.” Alice said.
His brothers said growing up Moses was remembered more as a dancer and sang in the local church choir. They said singing came naturally to him because his family was a “singing family” but dancing was his gift from God.
His mother fondly remembers him as a son who always had time to lend a hand to people in need; even as he fell ill in the weeks leading up to his death.
Moses Tau had gotten throat cancer and was in the city, fundraising for surgery.
“When paradise foods donated him boxes of biscuits after hearing of his fundraising for surgery overseas, Moses took the boxes and drove around the village handing it out to people who needed them” said his mother Shirley.
Also joining the family in mourning today was renowned Fijian musician Elena Morea who through Moses became close as a sister to the family.
“From me and my family back in Fiji, Moses, rest in peace. I have nothing more to say; it’s too painful.” Elena said, choking back tears that welled up in her eyes.
The Hegame family have not set a date for Moses funeral but have asked to be given more time to mourn his loss.