Willis Raburu’s father, Peter Raburu, was a powerful provisional commissioner in Rift Valley during the late President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s regime.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Willis Raburu had it somewhat rough while growing up at the hands of his no-nonsense father.
Speaking to MC Jessy on YouTube, the Citizen TV presenter said his father was and still is a strict disciplinarian.
“He was a strict dad and still he is even today. Even when I am about to do something wrong, I ask myself what he is going to say about it. I fear him so much,” confessed Raburu.
The 10/10 presenter added that the senior Raburu is also a staunch Christian.
“The first time we got to know about salvation, we were very young. He was the one who conducted that procedure. He told us with my siblings to be introducing ourselves as saved. Later is when we understood what salvation meant. I rededicated my life to God.”
Willis also recalled an incident where he got in trouble for having a girlfriend. He was in high school at Chemelil Academy High school which was a mixed boarding school and got suspended for two weeks.
But out of fear for his father, Raburu, who was an official for the school’s Christian Union (CU), had other ideas about the suspension.
“I went and confided to a teacher that I was not going home. He went and told my dad,” he said.
“My dad sent a Landrover Defender 110 and two police officers. They escorted me home. At that time, I was the organising secretary of the Christian Union (CU),” recounted Raburu.
He said from then on, he was used in preachings as an example of how not to be a Christian. He was also asked to step down from his post.
“My dad called me and said, ‘Willis, we are busy praying for the Lord to wash you with the blood of Jesus and you are dreaming about washing (bathing) with your girlfriend. Can you focus on your studies?'”
For all his tough upbringing, Raburu says his father taught him the principals of work ethic and ensured that they had a good education and they knew right from wrong.
“He stood firmly on certain principles and it was his way or the highway on some matters, especially going to Church,” he said.