Late Vioja Mahakamani actor’s brother breaks down as he remembers Gibson Gathu’s beloved gift
The late Gibson Gathu Mbugua’s brother broke down as he remembered the deceased for being more than a brother to him over the years.
Speaking during the funeral ceremony in Matundura Village in North Kinangop, Nyandarua County on January 3, 2023, the late Gathu’s brother remembered how he had bought a pair of shoes but he ended up selling them to imbibe on alcohol.
The brother remembered being bought a pair of Fubu designer shoes which he sold to go and purchase a local brew, changaa, as he admitted he was always on the wrong side of the law.
The late Gibson bought the shoes when he traveled to South Africa where he had been tapped for a role in ‘The Air Up There’ film.
The grief-stricken brother broke down when he remembered the memory.
He said, “That day, I remember I went to mama pima (a local joint alcohol seller). Let me take you back a bit, I was on the wrong side of the law.
After I sold the shoes, he wanted me arrested for that and he was not ready to back down. He wanted it to be a lesson to me.
Fortunately, I was only saved from the fate of going to jail by a famous Kikuyu actor, I don’t know if he is here today.”
He concluded, “So Gibson was more than a brother to me, a father and a role model, he helped me turn my life around. I thank him for that.”
The late Gibson Gathu’s family went on to thank everyone who stood by their late brother while he was still in the hospital and those who helped clear pending bills prior to his burial.
They especially thanked former president Uhuru Kenyatta who contributed Sh 2.5 million to help clear a Sh 6 million running bill at the hospital.
They thanked Safaricom for sending them their contribution as well as the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation – where Vioja Mahakamani aired for over 40 years and Gathu acted as the prosecutor.
The late Gathu died in December 2022 following a three-month hospitalization in the intensive care unit after he developed cardiac problems and complications from kidney failure. He left behind a wife and three children; and several grandchildren.
May he rest in peace.