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Veteran comedian ‘Masaku’ passes on at city hospital

Veteran comedian Charles Kimani, popular for his role as Masaku in the 90’s on TV series Vioja Mahakamani and Vitimbi has died.

Kimani has died three years after another veteran comedian Benson Wanjau, popularly known as Mzee Ojwang’ Hatari passed on.

Kimani died last Friday while receiving treatment at Mbagathi Hospital where he had been admitted for a chronic diabetis.

According to his daughter Pauline Wanja, who confirmed the death, the comedian had battled the illness for the past eight years.


He was first admitted at Mama Lucy Hospital before being referred to Mbagathi Hospital due to lack of equipment.

He was treated and discharged but his condition worsened, forcing doctors to readmit at Mbagathi Hospital.

Kimani shared the stage with other pioneer comedians like Hirum Mungai (Ondiek Nyuka Quarter) Mary Kavere (Mama Kayai) and David Mwambili (Mwala).

He is survived by three children Pauline Wanja, Eunice Wanjiru and David Kagera.

Kimani will be buried on July 10 at his rural home in Ithanga, Murang’a county.