My son did not die from coronavirus, Shirandula’s father says during funeral

Shirandula Funeral
The body of the late Charles Bukeko alias Papa Shirandula. [Photo: The Star]

The widow of the late Charles Bukeko alias Papa Shirandula Beatrice Andega has blamed the death of her husband on negligence by the Karen Hospital.

Shirandula died on Saturday morning aged 58.

Speaking during his burial in Funyula, Busia County on Monday, Andega said that the hospital did not treat her husband’s case as an emergency.
She said that she watched him kick the bucket while at the hospital’s waiting bay.

Beatrice Andega, the window to the late Charles Bukeko alias Papa Shirandula. [Photo: Nation]

“They didn’t consider his condition an emergency and he died while we were at the waiting bay. When he went to hospital, he requested for three tests of malaria, pneumonia and Covid-19 but the hospital concentrated only on Covid and ignored the rest,” she remarked plaintively.

According to earlier reports from Shirandula’s brother Charles Wanyama, the deceased actor had been to his Busia home where he fell ill and returned to Nairobi.

Wanyama said that Shirandula tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation.

“He died on arrival in hospital even before he could be admitted. He had been in his rural home in Western Kenya where he fell ill,” Wanyama told the media on Wednesday.

However, his father Cosmas Bukeko disagreed with reports that his son died of coronavirus.

He said that he is planning in travelling to Nairobi and have a sit down with Karen Hospital in a bid to find the root cause of his son’s death.

“For now l cannot say anything about his illness until we sit with the hospital. I’ll travel to Nairobi and together with his wife, we shall engage a lawyer to get proper information from the hospital,” he said at the burial.