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Mugithi king Salim Junior laid to rest but the legend lives on

Celebrated mugithi artiste Salim Junior born Paul Mwangi was laid to rest on Tuesday at his father’s Arash farm in Subukia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who sent a message of condolence to mourners through the area MP promised, to visit the family soon and further pledged to support Salim’s dream of establishing a talent school in Nakuru County.

Several leaders from the region attended the funeral service, among them senior politicians, including County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and chairman of the Rift Valley Council of Elders Mr Gilbert Kabage.

Also in attendance was Nakuru East MP David Gikaria, Subukia MP Nelson Gaichuhie, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, Nakuru County Women Representative Ms Mary Mbugua, Luanda MP Chris Omulele and Murang’a Covvunty Women Representative Sabina Chege.

Musicians Ben Githae, Njoroge wa Kamau, De Mathew, among others, also attended the occasion.

The burial service was held at Subukia market grounds in Arash village where mourners hailed their icon.

Music artistes eulogized him as a trend setter, saying his music was unrivaled in the Kikuyu community.

His father described him as a pillar and a big loss to the family. His sister, Sarafina, eulogized him as a mentor to her and his other siblings. Shee said her late brother had urged them to join the music industry.

“He was more than a brother, he was selfless, a mentor and highly dependable big brother,” she said.

The late musician is survived by three children.

Salim Junior was famous for songs like Sarafina, Muti Uyu Mukwona remix among others. He died on January 23 at 41, following chest complications.