Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka on Saturday joined the rest of leaders from Western Kenya in mourning the death of thespian Papa Shirandula.
Taking to his social media accounts, the former Bungoma Governor and thespian himself mourned the Vlveteran TV star Charles Bukeko as “an icon that pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become a household name.”
“His life story gives hope to thousands of aspiring actors and all those in the performing arts. He was a gifted comedian, versatile director and talented thespian whose contribution to the field of acting will be remembered forever,” said Lusaka.
Lusaka also added that the continent will miss his signature hearty and contagious laugh whenever he graced TV screens.
He was a gifted comedian, versatile director and talented thespian whose contribution to the field of acting will be remembered forever. We will miss his signature hearty and contagious laugh whenever he graced our TV screens.
— Rt Hon Kenneth Lusaka (@SpeakerKLusaka) July 18, 2020
“Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his family, friends and legion of fans.”
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa also hailed Bukeko as a role model to the youths.
My sincere condolences & sympathies to the family and friends of the late Charles Bukeko popularly known as #PapaShirandula.
Shirandula was a legend in the comedy industry,injected unrivalled humour & sensation in his plays.We will surely miss him. RIP pic.twitter.com/RH4Jqk0LfX
— Hon Didmus Barasa, MP Kimilili (@DidmusWaBarasa) July 18, 2020
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who leads Bukeko’s county of birth, described the comedian as an icon of humour and hope.
It is with great sadness that have I learnt of the death of comedian Charles Bukeko popularly known as Papa Shirandula .
The cruel hand of death has robbed the comedy industry an iconic figure whose comedy did not only entertain but was also educative to many generations. pic.twitter.com/uy5TVhZBOK
— Wycliffe A. Oparanya (@GovWOparanya) July 18, 2020
Deeply saddened by the demise of the veteran actor Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula earlier today.
You mentored many into acting and you were the reason most of us were glued on TV screens for your program.
Rest well Papa. pic.twitter.com/w3bpAvoMW1
— Hon. Catherine Wambilianga-Mp. (@WambiliangaMp) July 18, 2020
Papa Shirandula died on Saturday morning while under medication at Karen Hospital where he had been admitted for close to a week.
Royal Media Services Chairman Wachira Waruru sent his condolences to the family, friends and relatives.
Before his death, Bukeko was acting as Papa Shirandula in the Citizen TV comedy series by the same name.
The 58 year old is survived by wife and three children.
We wish the family, friends and relatives God’s strength during this trying moment.