The Tanzanian entertainment industry has been thrown into mourning following the death of veteran comedian Mzee Majuto.
Mzee Majuto succumbed to diabetes on Wednesday, August 8 while receiving treatment at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, family members say.
Led by President John Magufuli, Tanzanians took to online and offline platforms to mourn the entertainer.
“King Majuto helped highlight the journey that the Tanzanian entertainment industry has gone through. All that while, he showcased rich talent, ability and skill in the art of comedy and acting. He, consequently, won the hearts of many Tanzanians, including his fellow artists. We won’t forget his humorous character, love for people and patriotism,” said President Magufuli in his condolence note.
Mzee Majuto had been ailing since January, 2018, and was in the past flown to India for medical attention.
Upon his return to Tanzania, Mzee Majuto would visit health centres regularly. He was, however, overwhelmed three weeks ago leading to his admission into Muhimbili Hospital.
On August 8 at 2pm, he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit, where his condition worsened until his death at 8pm.
“He developed breathing difficulties Wednesday afternoon, and was thus moved to the ICU, where he died between 8pm and 8:30pm,” said a member of Mzee Majuto’s family.
Funeral plans are underway, with family members saying he would be buried at his home in Tanga either on Thursday, August 9 or Friday, August 10 according to Islamic practice.