President Uhuru Kenyatta has led political leaders in mourning the later TV star Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula.
In a statement, President Kenyatta eulogized the thespian as a gifted storyteller, whose contribution to the development of Kenya’s entertainment sector will forever be cherished.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family of popular Kenyan TV comedian Charles Bukeko who passed away earlier today. pic.twitter.com/6j7MGf3Xhy
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) July 18, 2020
Deputy President William Ruto also mourned Bukeko and commended his talent and skills saying his performances will continue to enlighten many in the society.
We are heartbroken by the passing of versatile television star Charles Bukeko ‘Papa Shirandula’.
Bukeko was a towering, talented and skilful actor. His electrifying and distinctive performances will continue to enlighten and inspire many generations. pic.twitter.com/gaRI2S4u8x
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) July 18, 2020
Among other political leaders who have since mourned Bukeko include Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.
Bukeko died on Saturday July 18 morning at Karen Hospital after a short illness aged 58.
Bukeko 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.