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Leaders mourn Governor Joyce Laboso

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By JOEL ODIDI
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Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso has died at the Nairobi Hospital aged 58. Laboso had sought treatment in the United Kingdom and India since May 29 before returning home on July 14. Several leaders mourned the governor.

PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA: “I have received the sad news of the passing away of Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso with utter disbelief. Dr Laboso was an icon of women leadership in our country. May God grant the family, residents of Bomet & all Kenyans the fortitude to bear the big loss”

RAILA ODINGA: I have had the opportunity to work with H.E Joyce Laboso for a considerable period of time.

I can testify that she was a dedicated public servant who had passion for serving her people. When I recently visited her in hospital in London, I got the impression that she was on the path to recovery. She radiated strength and hope and as upbeat about returning home to continue serving her people and helping with strengthening Devolution. Her death is a blow to our country and to our efforts to strengthen Devolution.

My prayers are with her family and the people of the County of Bomet at this moment of grief.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JUSTIN MUTURI: It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing on of Bomet Governor H.E. (Dr.) Joyce Laboso at the Nairobi Hospital after battling cancer for some time. It is a sad moment for this country.

Dr. Laboso, whom I served very closely with, and who offered me great support during my first term as the Speaker of the National Assembly, has been a huge inspiration to women in leadership; a real trailblazer who stood tall and soldiered on to make history as the first woman governor of Bomet County, having achieved another first when she got elected the first woman deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in the 11th Parliament.

NAKURU GOVERNOR LEE KINYANJUI: It is with a heavy heart that we have received news of the demise of Bomet Governor H.E Joyce Laboso.

Governor Laboso was an amiable and friendly person, who took great interest in the welfare of her people and Kenya in general. She exemplified the true spirit of patriotism. She will be remembered for her commitment and diligence to public service. She remained true to her calling even when ailing.

Our condolences to her family, the people of Bomet County and the country. May God Rest her soul in eternal peace.

ENERGY CS CHARLES KETER: I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr Joyce Laboso, Governor Bomet County and the people of Bomet. The late Joyce was a colleague in Parliament, a fellow leader, a friend and a good neighbour of Kericho. #RIPJoyceLaboso.

BARINGO SENATOR GIDEON MOI: It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the death of Bomet Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso. Being among the first crop of female Governors elected in 2017, she gave hope to the girl child that it was possible to fight for and occupy such political offices which in the first dispensation of devolution was only occupied by men.

Her loss thus is a blow not only to her family but also to women leadership in the country.

On behalf of myself, my family and the people of Baringo, I pray to God to give the family necessary fortitude during this time of loss.





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