Kisumu West sub-county residents today performed a Tero Buru ritual to commemorate the death of Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi, the grandfather of multi-talented media personality Willis Raburu.
Photo: The late Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi
This was infact disclosed by the Citizen TV presenter few minutes ago, and this was via posts on his Instagram account.
Willis Raburu infact gave netizens a sneak peek of how it all went down, and this was via some photos.
What was clear is that the event was also attended by Azimio La Umoja party leader Raila Odinga, and also a huge number of the locals.
Photo; Raila Odinga at the event
Willis Raburu further appreciated Raila Odinga for gracing the event and taking his time to come and mourn with them.
He further disclosed that the late grandfather will be buried on Saturday.
"Today was Tero Buru for my grandfather Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi. We thank @railaodinga5th for coming to condole with us ahead of the send off tomorrow!" He wrote.
Like other Tero Buru ceremonies, this one was also marked with songs and dances. The ritual is usually performed by the deceased age-mates I'm order to chase away evil spirits.
Willis Raburu further gushed in one of the posts, saying that rain even fell on the day as a sign that his late grandfather was finally at home.
"Then the skies opened...grandpa is back home" he wrote.
Willis Raburu announces the death of his grandfather
Willis Raburu actually announced on February 17 that he had unfortunately lost his grandfather Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi.
Opiyo Otondi passed away on the same day, after being admitted to a hospital in Kisumu that past weekend due to an illness.
The man who hailed from Nyahera area in Kisumu West sub-county was a prominent figure among the Luo community. He infact served as ker (president) of the Luo Council of Elders.
Taking to his social media then, Willis Raburu expressed shock and sadness over his grandfather's passing.
He further described him as a strict man, albeit one who also had an infectious smile.
Here is his post then.
At the time opposition leader Raila Odinga also took to his social media platforms, and mourned the late Opiyo Otondi as a pillar of community unity, adding that he served with decorum.
"Mzee Otondi was a pillar of unity of the community and served with decorum and dedication. It is sad to lose him at this particular point in the life of a community" Raila wrote in part.
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