Vioja Mahakamani actor Alliwah mourns ‘prosecutor’ Gibson Mbugua
Vioja Mahakamani actor Alliwah has eulogized his colleague in the long-running TV show, Gibson Mbugua Gathu, who died on Thursday morning.
The 56-year-old Mbugua, whose death was announced by his family, played the role of court prosecutor in the court drama for many years until 2015 when another set of actors took the stage, with Alliwah as the prosecutor.
Speaking to Nairobi News, Alliwah described the late Mbugua as a father figure.
“Woken up to sad news that Gibson died today morning at the hospital. He was a father figure and a source of hope to many of our generation,” Alliwah said.
He said Gibson motivated him to take up the role and guided him on how to perfectly do it.
“He was considerate and even after his team was removed in 2015, he never held any grudge against me. He was complimenting my work as a prosecutor,” Alliwah said.
Alliwah said the industry has lost a great man and a source of hope to many.
“He was consistent and a strong man who never gave up in everything he did.”
Their last communication was when Gibson appealed for financial support from Kenyans eight months ago.
“After he went to the hospital, the family took over and a few other actors from his time.”
The actor has been managing diabetes for more than 20 years and in November 2020 his kidneys failed.
In June 2022, former President Uhuru Kenyatta contributed Sh2 million towards Mr Mbugua’s treatment.
In August this year, he successfully underwent a kidney transplant but a few months later, he was again admitted in hospital where he stayed until his demise.
Other celebrities who have condoled with Mr Mbugua’s family include comedian Desagu, who described the deceased as a great artiste, and MC Jessy who said Mr Mbugua was a legend.
The deceased has been survived by his wife, Margaret Njeri and four children – three daughters, and a son.