By Staff Reporter
YOUTH, Sports, Arts and Recreation Deputy Minister Tinoda Machakaire has partnered with Nyaradzo Funeral Service Chief Executive Officer Philip Mataranyika to foot all funeral expenses for late popular comedian Lazarus Boora, widely known as Gringo.
The comedian succumbed to stomach cancer on Monday at Westview Clinic in Zimre Park, Harare on Monday.
Machakaire, who is also Zanu PF legislator for Wedza South, said it was important to stand with those who are grieving, and he thanked Mataranyika for coming on board.
“All the funeral expenses are covered because we are paying for the food, coffin transport to his rural home in Rukweza. We have also decided to buy a beast,” he said.
He said government through his ministry will also play its part to give the veteran actor a decent send-off.
Machakaire and Mataranyika’s intervention has come as a huge relief to Gringo’s family.
Netsai Meki, wife to the late comedian, said it has been communicated to the family through the actor’s sister.
“They have communicated to us and we are grateful for the kind gesture. This has come as a huge relief to the family because we had nothing,” she said.
Dr Johannes Marisa who has been assisting the actor with medication said he was devastated by the death because they were hoping for the best.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) director, Nicholas Moyo, described Gringo as a rare breed of a comedian, who was propelled to fame by the 1997 ZBCtv hit drama series “Gringo” and he subsequently featured in other spin-offs of the show like “Gringo Ndiani?” and “Gringo Mari Iripi?”
He recently starred as “Gibbo” in the series “Village Secrets”.
Gringo became popular in the early 90s when he began his acting career.
He leaves behind seven children.