The family of the late Vioja Mahakamani actor Gibson Gathu Mubugua who was popularly known as ‘Kiongozi wa mashtaka’ is appealing to well-wishers to help them raise Sh8.9 million to help clear his hospital bill so that he can be buried.
Gathu, who was also known as ‘prosekuta’ in the long running comedy program died on Thursday morning after being at the Mediheal hospital for several months.
He was ailing from kidney and had even undergone a successful transplant before developing complications.
“Fare-thee-well Gibson, I don’t have enough words to express the pain that I have. Fly with the angels Gib till we meet again,” his colleague Ondiek Nyuka Kwota has said in an Instagram post.
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“Let’s help the family raise the hefty hospital bill. Gib was in ICU for more than three months and the hospital bill is at KSh.8,900,000. Let’s help clear the hospital bill and give the legend a befitting send off,” he said.
“To help the family, you can use Pay bill number: 247 247, Account number: 777 626 and Account name Gibson Gathu Mbugua,” he said.
Gathu who was one of the pioneer actors in the country was hailed by Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji as a dedicated man who used his craft to educate the public.
“‘Prosekyuta’ will be remembered for his role in making the public understand the operations of the criminal justice system,” said the DPP.
“We honour his great dedication to service and mourn his demise alongside his family, colleagues and the people of Kenya,” he wrote.
Prior to his demise, Gathu was optimistic about going back to acting and using his experience to teach those who are still finding their way in the entertainment scene.
“I will definitely go back to acting. This is something I have done for almost three decades. I also take pride in mentoring the young because they are our future stars.