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Uhuru, Ruto Among Notable Names Mourning Papa Shirandula

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have led political leaders in mourning the late thespian Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula.

President Kenyatta, via the State House Twitter account, mourned the veteran actor as a gifted storyteller whose contribution to the development of Kenya’s entertainment sector will forever be cherished.

In his message of comfort, the President eulogized the thespian as a gifted storyteller whose contribution to the development of Kenya’s entertainment sector will be cherished forever. The Head of State wished Kenyans God’s fortitude as the country mourns the departed entertainer.” he wrote on Twitter.

The late TV Star Papa Shirandula. Source: File

Deputy President William Ruto on his part commended Bukeko for his talent and skill saying his “electrifying and distinctive performances” will continue to enlighten many.

“We will miss his rich contribution on and off the stage.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bukeko family, friends and the arts fraternity during this sad time. Rest In Peace, Papa.” he wrote.

Among other political leaders who have since also mourned Bukeko include Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.

Member of Parliament Charles Kanyi alias Jaguar described Bukeko as a good man who helped him laugh in difficult times.

Papa Shirandula and MP Charles Kanyi (Jaguar). Source: File

“My heart goes out to Charles Bukeko’s family. Papa Shirandula was a friend, a good man who helped me laugh in difficult times. He created content for the whole family, a shining light in the world of comedy. He joins Mzee Ojwang & the rest of the angels. Rest in peace my friend.” he wrote on Twitter.

Bukeko – a firstborn in a family of four — died on Saturday morning at Karen Hospital after battling COVID-19. He was aged 58.

He was a multiple award-winning actor who scooped the Kalasha Award for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ in 2010.

He leaves behind a wife, Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and three children; Tony, Charlie and Wendy.

Here are the tweets paying tribute to the fallen TV star below:


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