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Veteran Kenyan television actor Gibson Gathu Mbugua has passed away after a long illness.
Gathu, best known for his role as a prosecutor on the long-running TV court comedy series ‘Vioja Mahakamani’, died on Thursday at the age of 56.
The family said the thespian developed complications in September, just a month after he underwent a kidney transplant.
Gathu, who has been battling diabetes for more than 20 years, suffered kidney failure in November 2020.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the well-wishers who came to his aid earlier this year when the actor appealed for financial aid to undergo a kidney transplant. Uhuru donated Sh2 million and about Sh6 million was required.
At the time, Gathu said most of the money raised would be spent on post-surgery care. “The anti-rejection drugs are very expensive, and there is no use having a transplant while I can’t get the drugs, which I’ll consume for the rest of my life. That’s why we need Sh6 million for the post-care,” he said.
In August, Gathu updated his fans that the Kidney transplant was successful and he had since been discharged.
“I have been in hospital since July 18, 2022, and I was discharged on August 3, 2022. I feel so good,” he said.
‘Vioja Mahakamani’, one of Kenya’s pioneer comedy series, has been airing for over 25 years on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
Condolences to his family,friends and the many fans of the TV show I remember watching him on TV while growing up.Very sad.
Rest in peace Gathu. You gave us memories in growing up. Gone but never forgotten.
Meanwhile, diabetes seems to be increasing. We need to switch back to our native foods.