Veteran actor Charles Bukeko famed for his role as Papa Shirandula was on Monday morning laid to reat at his home in home in Nanderema- Funyula, Busia County.
The actor died on Saturday morning while waiting to be admitted at the Karen hospital after developing breathing complications.
While paying last respects to the actor, his wife Beatrice Andega said that before his death, the actor had a busy three weeks that had him working late into the night and when he came home, he complained of feeling cold.
“For the last three weeks, they were working day and night on Sunday alikuja akaniambia nasikia mwiliwangu uko na baridi mingi the on Monday I tell him you have been in cold go to the hospital and do tests. I told him make sure they do three tests on you, Pneumonia, Malaria and Covid-19. He went took the tests on Monday and was waiting for results. On Wednesday, I ask him he said that the doctor had brought the results, but the only one he was seeing was covid-19 results. On Friday, I started observing he wasn’t doing well and his breathing had changed. On Saturday I tell Albert help me put him in the car we take him to the hospital. I went to Karen Hospital, admission was another process. I told them he needs support and while they were preparing, he passed on while I was with him in the vehicle,” she said
His burial was attended by fellow actors and comedians he worked with on his Citizen TV program Papa Shirandula and others.
His body was left Nairobi on Sunday night, arriving at his home in the wee hours of Monday morning, flanked by two buses of mourners.
Those who traveled from Nairobi sat at a different tent, away from the rest of the mourners with locals advised to avoid any contact with them.
The burial was conducted in line with the set guidelines on Covid-19 related deaths.