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President Kenyatta leads political leaders in mourning Papa Shirandula.

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.

Deputy President William Ruto also mourned Bukeko and commended his talent and skills saying his performances will continue to enlighten many in the society.

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.