Dr. Joyce Cherono Laboso, the 2nd Bomet Governor, whose steady hand and development vision led Sotik Constituency to prosperity and who had laid a strong foundation of development in Bomet, has died at the age of 58.
Laboso’s death, on Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital, was announced by her close family, leaders have praised her as a strong mother, professional and astute leader who overcame all odds of life and withstood life’s turbulence to rise from a secondary school teacher to Governor.
Born into a modest family, Laboso was a daughter to the late councilor, pioneer leaders of Bomet, a renowned farmer who was respected across the south rift region. After her own 2008 by-election became up short, she served two terms Sotik MP.
After winning the Sotik election, the mother of two became a widely admired political woman whose performance inspired the young and the old equally. Her distinct performance saw her election as National Assembly Deputy Speaker after 2013 elections where she served until she successfully contested for Bomet Governorship in 2017.
Laboso, the firstborn in the family of six, served as Kipsigis Girls teacher, Egerton University as lecturer and Farrow house Education center, the United Kingdom as a special needs lecturer.
After the announcement of her departure, her body was moved to metres away,Lee funeral home where hundreds of political leaders and family members thronged to mourn her.
The leaders who turned up include Deputy President William Ruto, Raila Odinga, more than half of the governors led by Prof. Paul Chepkwony, Mike Sonko, Nyang Nyong’o, Lee Kinyanjui, Wycliffe Oparanya, CS Charles Keter among other Cabinet secretaries.
The Members of Parliament present included Wilson Sossion, Johana Ngeno, Moses Kuria, Hillary Koske, Nelson Koech, Ronald Tonui, Kipsengeret, and
Sossion mourned Laboso on behalf of all teachers in the country as a strong teacher who defied all odds of life to transform the lives of Kenyans wherever she served.
Other leaders present were Nick Salat and former IEBC ICT guru Mr. Davis Chirchir.
His husband Edwin Abonyo while speaking at Lee funeral home praised her a strong woman who was committed to public service despite suffering the disease for a long time.
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At this trying period of grief, we pray that God will grant the family the serenity and the much-needed peace to get through this. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.