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Veteran Vioja Mahakamani Comedian Dies

{Right: Comedian Masaku [Charles Kimani] Maliwaza [Amina Idd] and Nyundo [Francis Madieka] in action. [Photo, Standard]}

Veteran TV comedian, Charles Kimani Kangara, popularly popularly known as Masaku, has died. Mr Kimani, better known for his role in Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Vioja Mahakamani and Vitimbi, died last Friday at the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.

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Masaku alongside other comedians at Vioja Mahakamani had kept Kenyans entertained for more than two decades at KBC.

The actor, who hails from Ithanga in Murang’a County, was undergoing treatment for kidney failure, diabetes and anemia.

Comedian Masaku [Charles Kimani]
His son, David Kimani Kangara, said Kimani was first hospitalised last month.

“At the beginning of June we took him to Mama Lucy Hospital, where doctors suggested that he could be suffering from tuberculosis and anemia and immediately referred us to Mbagathi Hospital, citing lack of equipment,” said David.

At Mbagathi, Masaku was admitted for one week before he was discharged on Tuesday last week. However, a day after his discharge, his condition worsened.

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“There were occasions when he suffered memory loss, something that got us concerned,” said David.

The actor is said to have collapsed in his relative’s house in Doonholm estate and was taken to Mama Lucy Hospital, where he was again referred back to Mbagathi Hospital.

According to his son, Kimani suffered breathing complications and was placed under an oxygen mask. But with time his condition deteriorated, and he died on Friday evening.

Friends and relatives are meeting at his house in Kayole, Matopeni and his mother’s home in Huruma estate to raise funds for his burial.
May He Rest In Eternal Peace..

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