TV personality Willis Raburu is mourning the death of his grandfather Willis Opiyo Otondi, who was the longest-serving chairperson of the Luo Council of Elders.
Through a post on social media, Raburu said he talked to his grandfather a day before his demise and recalled the lessons he learnt from him.
He described the late Otondi as a strict but gentle man who always spoke his mind and had an infectious laugh.
“This one hits differently and hurts! My grandfather, who I am named after, Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi! How can it be though that just yesterday we were talking and today…
“I remember how you used to joke and tell me “Don’t play around with my name” always the well-spoken, always speaking your mind. Always strict, yet gentle. An infectious laugh and smile.
“You stood your ground. You cared for us all and wanted to be involved in our lives. As the Chair of the Luo Council of Elders you also made your mark. I live to honor your legacy and memory by carrying forth your name! I am blessed and honored to continue with the name Willis Edwin Opiyo Otondi. Rest in Power “Ndungu” I will miss you!”
ODM leader Raila Odinga also sent a condolence message to Otondi’s family saying his demise was a loss to the entire Luo nation.
“Ker Willis Otondi's passing has left us with a heavy heart; it is a great loss for the wider Luo nation. Kenya has lost a distinguished member of society.
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“Sad for the Luo nation to lose him at this moment. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and the entire community,” wrote Odinga.
Otondi had been unwell for some time and died while undergoing treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.