The father of late comedian Othuol Othuol has moved Kenyans after speaking for the first time following his death.
Othuol’s story was featured on Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.
‘The last time he came home it was January this year. He called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it,’ his father said.
‘He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done’.
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Othuol Othuol was known for his love for alcohol and his father and close friend actress Sandra Dacha confirmed this.
‘We had a lot of problems with his drinking style. An I’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,’ he,’ explained.
The bereaved father continued,
‘His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.’
The sad father was fed up with his son’s drinking and tried to warn him but his warnings fell on deaf ears.
‘I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.
‘I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with TB, I sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said “no this is my hoúse. If you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana”.’
The comedian was raised by his father and stepmother.