Rufftone and Daddy Owen knew their dad was going to die: We pleaded for his life like twice or so

Singer Rufftone has opened up about his dad’s death saying it was a grief that they tried fighting since they somehow knew they are going to lose their dad.

Josephat Mwatia died in October 2017.

“We pleaded for his life like twice or so. There were instances he was taken ill and the situations looked out of control, but we kept on praying God to give us more time with him,” Rufftone said. 


He went on to add that losing the dad was one of the lowest moments of his life. His dad nurtured him to be the man he is and his spirit is always felt.

“I had nothing but to tell God thank you for lending us a father for all that time because to be honest, we knew he was given like 10 more years on ‘loan’. The only debt I had with God when dad died was to thank Him for his life,” he said.


“When I argue with my wife, I always remember that my dad told me that is part of the marriage package. He was so loving, protective, adviser, and he meant everything in our lives,” he said.



Wahu Kagwi and Rufftone land lucrative government jobs

Singer Rufftone and Wahu have been named among those who will spearhead a new government initiative set to champion Technical and Vocational Training agenda among the youth.

The two will be tasked with reaching out to youth, helping them express themselves and revamp institutions which have a bad face. The deal was announced by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.


Amina launched the initiative which will see government reduce unemployment in the country.

“There have been gaps in the preparation of graduates in terms of career expectations, skills needed, attitude and readiness for work. The tertiary institutions, through the Office of Career Services, are expected to play a central role in addressing these issues,” she said.

The CS said her ministry hoped to set up one national polytechnic in every county, and a technical and vocational centre in every constituency in the next five years.

“I came to Nairobi and settled in Umoja estate and their was a jobless corner, it literally was a jobless corner because my friends used to meet and hang out here because they had no jobs or any training, this is a good opportunity to train youths and they will be better placed to get jobs or create on,” Rufftone said. 

“If I was clearing my secondary education right now then I would definitely go for such an opportunity because I have always been a champion of skill training, my skill is what puts food on my table,” Wahu said.

Rufftone and Daddy Owen release details of their late dad’s funeral

The Family of Mwatiai is mourning the loss of their dad as revealed by his son’s who happen to be top gospel artists in the country.

From what the said is that their father suffered a heart attack after dining with their mother on Saturday evening and even before they could perform some first aid, Mzee Josephat Mwatia did not make it.

At the moment they are making plans for his burial and speaking to Pulse the two gospel artists revealed that their father will be laid to rest at their home in Eshisiru in Kakamega next weekend. Rufftone said,

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“It is of course a very trying time for us as a family but God has given us grace. We are standing strong,”

Daddy Owen who is Rufftone’s younger brother also had this to say about his dad…

“Our dad was having a normal evening with our mum at home and at some point, he excused himself to go to the toilet. Suddenly, he fell down and when our mother rushed there, he complained of chest pain. In a matter of seconds, he was dead,”

He went on to add that his father will be laid to rest on October 21st after they had a successful fundraising at Nairobi Pentecostal Church. He said,

“The burial will take place next Saturday (October 21) and preparations are on. We will be travelling to Kakamega next week to get all that ready,” he noted.


Daddy Owen and Rufftone’s father succumbs to cardiac arrest

Celebrities and Kenyans likewise have been sending their condolences to gospel singers Daddy Owen and his brother Rufftone who lost their father.

Josephat Mwatia (Rufftone and Daddy Owen’s father) passed on last Saturday night October 7th at his rural home in Kakamega County.

The deceased succumbed to cardiac arrest; Daddy Owen explained that his father had just had dinner when he started complaining of chest pains.

“He was very ok, he had just had dinner with my mother and he excused himself to go to the toilet and the next thing my mother heard him fall. She went to check and found my father on the floor complaining of chest pains and a few seconds later he died,” Daddy Owen said.

The Mwatias family

Funeral arrangements are underway for the final send-off of Rufftone and Daddy Owen’s father at their rural home. Thanksgiving service will be held at NPC Valley Road on Thursday 12th October, a statement from the family confirmed.

“It is with sadness to inform you that we lost our dad on Saturday night due to a sudden cardiac arrest at our rural home. We will hold a thanksgiving service this Thursday at NPC Valley Road from 5 pm to 7 pm.”

Our sincere condolence to Mwatia’s family, may the good Lord guide you through this trying time.