HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay tribute to the renowned comedian and musician Hussein Ramadhani Mkieti, whose remains were laid to rest in Muheza District, Tanga Region on Wednesday.
Mkieti, who was affectionately known as 'Sharo Milionea' or 'Sharobaro', died in a road accident when his car rammed into a roadside tree on the Tanga-Segera highway in Muheza District on Monday evening.
According to sources in Tanga, the comedian was buried in a cemetery at his native Lusanga village, amid massive crowd that came to pay their last respects. Mourners from different parts of the country, including politicians, actors and musicians joined family members, relatives and friends at the funeral of the fallen comedian.
Among those who attended were Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Ideology and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye as well as members of Bongo Movie stars. Nape said the country has lost a man who will be remembered for his talent, hard-work and dedication.
Mkieti's unique comedy style that depicted a spoilt, boisterous rich young man had captured the hearts of many TV viewers in the country. He is best remembered for his role in the malaria-themed film 'Chumo' in which he acted alongside former Miss Tanzania runner-up Jokate Mwegelo and Hemed Mlela.
The film follows the story of Juma (Mkieti), Amina (Jokate) and Yustus (Mlela) as they make choices and sacrifices, with unforeseen consequences. All have their wishes and dreams in an intriguing story of love, ambition, determination and malaria.
The film won several international awards, including best Short Narrative award at the Northwest Projections Film Festival in Bellingham and Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), ZIFF Award for Best Director and Best Actress.
Born in 1985 in Tanga, Mkieti was also a rising music star, having released a couple of singles including 'Chuki Bure' in which he featured Dully Sykes, Changanya Changanya (feat. Ali Kiba) and Sharo Hataki (feat. Richard Mavoko).
Meanwhile, President Jakaya Kikwete has sent condolence to the Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Fenella Mukangara, following recent death of three local artistes, namely Khalid Mohamed 'Mlopelo', John Stephano Maganga and Hussein Ramadhan Mkieti.
A State House statement said President Kikwete had received news of the actors' death with "profound shock and sadness". In his condolences, President Kikwete said: "I have received with profound shock and sadness news of the death of the three artistes whose massive contributions in the film and music industry were acknowledged and appreciated by many citizens."
"They have left a big vacuum that will never be filled within a short time," he grieved, adding, "I am sending my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and all actors for this big loss. We are with you in mourning the death."
Earlier, Mukangara also joined millions of Tanzanians to pay tribute to the late actors Mkieti and John Maganga, who passed away last Saturday. The latter was buried on Tuesday. "On behalf of the government our hearts are with his family, friends and the arts fraternity at large in this moment of bereavement."
Mukangara expressed her grief saying she was saddened by the sudden death of the promising acting stars. "They were destined to make big impact in the film and music industry but they have suddenly left us. We are very sorry for they died prematurely," mourned Mukangara.