PRESIDENT John Magufuli has sent condolence message to the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, following the death of legendary comedian Amri Athuman alias ‘King Majuto’.
Mzee Majuto (74) died at around 7:30pm on Wednesday at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, where he was admitted.
In his message released yesterday by the Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, President Magufuli directed the minister to convey his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, artistes’ fraternity, art stakeholders, friends, relatives and all those who have been touched by King Majuto’s demise.
He said the late King Majuto will be remembered for his immense and distinctive contribution in the art and artistry sect for quite a long time.
The President said, it was through the late’s instinctive performances as comedian and actor that he educated the society, promoted artistic work and supported the government and party’s efforts to drum for development.
“The life of late King Majuto demonstrates a true testimony of the journey that art and artistry in the country has evolved.
He clearly demonstrated a distinctive ability in comedian and his jokes brought joy and delight to millions. “We will all live to remember his sustained commitment to the joy and delight of others,” said President Magufuli.
Tributes from celebrities poured in following the death of giant comedian with many saying he was a true reflection and pillar of Tanzanian comedy.
Top artiste Diamond Platnumz wrote “May your humble soul rest in paradise KING...Will always Miss and Love you.” Chalinze legislator Ridhiwan Kikwete said it was so sad to hear of the passing of King Majuto.
“He was a comedy legend and he lived his life well and we will always cherish his memories,” said Ridhiwan. Idris Sultan said his final work as a photographer/graphic designer shortly before heading to Big Brother Africa (BBA) over five years ago was with Mzee Majuto.
“He was an icon, a one off and a true master of comedy. Comedy flowed through him like water…he inspired me to venture into comedy and I will really miss him. With respect, I will never call myself King. Mzee Majuto is FOREVER A KING,” he said.
“He brought joy and delight to millions, and although so many of us are in grief and sorrow here, I’m sure that there will now be a fresh gale of laughter in heaven,” he said. Wema Sepetu said she was deeply saddened and had planned to have worked with the late King Majuto.
The late Mzee Majuto was born in 1954 in Tanga Region and went to Msambweni Primary School in Tanga. He ventured into acting when he was just ten years old.
The veteran actor was reported to be suffering from hernia and had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit due to his deteriorating condition. Recently he was taken to India for treatment and the government had footed medical bills.
During paying last respect at the Karimjee Hall in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Deputy Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Juliana Shonza said the government will make sure that the bereaved family will benefit from the late’s trade mark artistic work and endorsements.
The artistes on their side, through Tanzania film federation (TAFF)’s President Simon Mwakifwamba thanked the government for its efforts to support treatment of the late King Majuto during his illness.
“We thank the government for footing all bills incurred in treatment of our beloved Mzee Majuto during his illness, including taking him to India,” he said.