As the nation continues to mourn the passing of actor Jamal Gaddafi alias ‘Baba Junior’, his ‘Vioja Mahakamani’ co-stars are still in shock after the show was robbed of their ‘Judge’.
Alliwah, who plays the role of a prosecutor in the seasoned local show, says Jamal may have had a premonition about his death.
“After the last segment, Jamal said a very long prayer for us, which was unlike him. I asked the audience to stand up and requested Jamal because he was Muslim. He prayed so passionately and even blessed the dead. He then told me to make sure we keep in contact.”
He added, “I have worked with him since 2016 and our friendship was very close, more like a brother to me. We created a team together because my role and his role were similar. Although we had to appear as judge and prosecutor, we had good unity.”
According to Alliwah, Jamal looked disturbed during their last shoot.
“Last week during our last shoot, Jamal was very disturbed. I remember his phone was cracked and he told me it was a quarrel with his ‘wife’ because someone had called Jamal at night, so she smashed the phone. I was so close to him and everything that happened in his life,” he said.
The actor also dismissed reports that the suspect in the murder, Grace Namu, was Jamal’s clandestine lover.
“She was not a side chick. Jamal had introduced her to many of us and we knew she was his wife. It was not someone who was intruding in his life,” Alliwah said.
Another actor, Julius Masaai alias Ole Tipis, described Jamal as a brother.
“We have something called blend in the show, and I have blended well with Jamal; he was like a brother. We could fight and laugh. I could feel bad and hit him but then we would laugh. The show has lost the driver.”
King Kaka, who also stars in the show, said Jamal was a jovial person who will be missed.
“We shared a lot with him and Jamal was always happy for the one year we worked together,” Kaka said.
Jamal was the nephew of veteran radio presenter Leonard Mambo Mbotela.