When veteran actor Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula was burried his funeral proceedings were streamed on TV.
The whole of Kenya watched as his body was lowered to the ground with men in hazmat suits hovering over his grave site spraying disinfectant over his fresh grave.
His mentee and longtime friend Jacque Vike who plays the role of Awinja on the popular TV show shade some light on some weird things that went down during the much publicised burial ceremony.
1. Awinja claims that everything was conducted during Papa’s burial was done for TV.
SHE SAID, “AND AS YOU ALL SAW SINCE IT WAS LIVE ON TV NO ONE COULD GET NEAR THE GRAVESITE OR THE COFFIN, SO HATUKUELEWA VILE HII VIRUS INAPITA BODYBAG YET COFFIN IMESHINDA IKICHAPWA FUMIGATION FROM MORTUARY ALL THE WAY TO THE HOMESTEAD.”
2. All the visitors who travelled from Nairobi to Western Kenya for the burial were segregated.
“SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARRIVED AT 4:00AM THAT MORNING AND THE MOH OFFICIALS WERE THERE WAITING FOR US. SO GUYS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE IN THE FIRST INSTANCE. WHILE IN THE VEHICLE THE VEHICLE WAS FUMIGATED, OUR MOVEMENT WAS RESTRICTED AND EVEN GOING TO THE TOILET WAS A PROBLEM.”
“TOILETS WOULD BE FUMIGATED IF ANY OF US VISITED, KIDOGO WACHOTE HIO WASTE WA FUMIGATE, MAHALI MTU WA NAIROBI ALIKUA ANAKANYAGA ILIKUA FUMIGATED EACH AND EVERY STEP, MTU WA NAIROBI ALIKUA ANAGUSA ANYTHING INACHAPWA FUMIGATION UTAFIKIRIA UKO KWA JKL LIVE UMETOA POINT YA MAUWANO, THIS INSTILLED SO MUCH FEAR AND SADNESS TO THE VILLAGERS AND RELATIVES IN GENERAL.”
3. No one was allowed near the gravesite to bury Papa Shirandula. Only family watched his body being lowered to the grave.
“WE WERE ON LOCATION, BUT WE WATCHED THE BURIAL ON VIUSASA LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.”
4. Papa’s family was stigmatized over COVID-19 death.
Awinja painted the sad picture.
“AFTER THE BURIAL, NAIROBIANS WERE LITERALLY CHASED FROM THE HOMESTEAD! THIS REALLY BROKE MAMA PAPA’S HEART SHE COULDN’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON, IT WAS NEVER THE SAME AFTER WE LEFT, THE NEIGHBORS AVOIDED THE FAMILY, EVEN BUYING ANYTHING FROM THE SHOPPING CENTRE THEY HAD TO SEND SOMEONE FROM A DIFFERENT FAMILY.”