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Life and times of Legendary Papa Shirandula



The Kenyan acting fraternity is in a state of mourning after one of the finest thespians of his generation on Saturday took his final bow.

Charles Bukeko, popularly known by his most famous character name Papa Shirandula, died at the Karen Hospital following a short illness. Although not much of his life is available publicly, the 58-year-old was born to a humble family in Buhalarire, Mumias, Western Kenya, to Valeria Makokha and Cosmas Wafula.

He attended Jogoo Road Primary School before proceeding to Upper Hill Secondary where he developed a love for football.

Upon completion of his high school studies, Bukeko moved to Uhuru Estate in Nairobi and, right around the same time, started drifting away from the sport and developing an attachment towards acting.

During a past interview with a local newspaper, he recalled having to trek to the Kenya National Theatre to hone his talent, without a coin in his pockets on many occasions.

He said: “Papa Shirandula is a different character from Charles Bukeko. Papa ni mjuaji ametoka ushago amekuja tao kutafuta job. He’s a good, honest person, it’s just that because of the hardship we go through as Kenyans all the time that this guy wants to get out of that level and into a very good life.” The comical role earned him a Kalasha Award for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ award the same year, propelling him to even greater heights.

He went on to travel countries around the world appearing in adverts and creating concepts for such big brands as GOTV, Coca-Cola, and Vodacom besides being named Goodwill Ambassador for South East Asia.

“Charles Bukeko is an actor, director, thespian, singer, a father and husband. My story is one that gives hope to thousands of aspiring actors in the country having climbed from the unfathomable levels of deep poverty,” he previously told Standard Media’s Eve Woman.

“When I’m not on the screen, I spend most of my time with my kids. Other than that I watch sports, football especially; I’m an ardent fan of AFC Leopards. My dad took me to the field to watch AFC Leopards when I was 4 years old.”

Bukeko was married to Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and together they were blessed with three children; Tony, Charlie and Wendy.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her



Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania



The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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