LEGENDARY comedian and actor Amri Athuman alias ‘King Majuto’ was laid to rest in his home town of Tanga yesterday, with hundreds mourners lining the streets to escort the icon to his final journey on earth.
Mzee Majuto (70) died at around 7:30pm on Wednesday at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam, where he was admitted. The veteran actor and comedian was reported to be suffering from a 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 foot medical bills. On the way to Kiruku Mabokweni village in the outskirt of Tanga City, fans lined the streets as the funeral procession moved from a local mosque, where the service was held before proceeding to the late’s farm where he was buried.
People stood alongside the roads and waved to the late Majuto’ motorcade in honour of the fallen legend and temporarily Tanga city stood still with huge traffic jams. The burial ceremony was led by Tanga Regional Commissioner (RC) Martine Shigella.
Other leaders who attended the burial include Tanga Region CCM Chairman Henry Shekifu, Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu, The also include Tanga District Commissioner (DC) Thobias Mwilapwa, Tanga Chief Sheikh Juma Luwuchu who led prayer service.
Speaking at Majuto’s house at Donge where all activities to bid farewell were held, RC Shigella hailed the deceased as was a symbol for Tanga. He said the late ‘King Majuto’ always advocated for unity, peace, and harmony and he disliked discrimination.
Several local famous artistes also attended the burial. They include Bongo movies artistes Wema Sepetu, Steve Nyerere, Claud, JB, Mpoki and other junior and underground artistes. The late Mzee Majuto was born in 1948 in Tanga Region and went to Msambwini Primary School in Tanga. He ventured into acting when he was just ten years old.
On Thursday, President John Magufuli has sent condolence message to the Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, following the death ‘King Majuto’.