Governor Joyce Laboso Dies

  • Bomet County Governor, Joyce Laboso, has passed on at the age of 58.

    Laboso had been admitted at the Nairobi Hospital for the last two weeks in the ICU.

    She was the second governor of Bomet County after beating Isaac Ruto in the 2017 general election.

    Her passing comes two weeks after she silently jetted back to the country on July 14 after a medical trip to India and the United Kingdom.

    A statement from her office, early Monday morning, through the director of communication, Ezra Kirui, stated that Laboso was recuperating but under observation.

    She left the country on May 29 for the United Kingdom (Royal Madden NHS hospital) where she stayed before being transferred for further treatment in India.

    During the 46 days she was out of the country, Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok had been running the county's affairs with the assistance of County Secretary Evalyne Rono.

    Details of what ailed the governor had never been shared to the public, but upon her death, the family revealed that she was suffering from colon cancer.

    When called earlier on Monday afternoon, Kirui denied reports that revealed that the governor had been in the ICU for two weeks stating that she had just been placed in a private room.

    Her body was transferred to the Lee Funeral Home, where leaders flocked to view her body as they pay their last respects.

    Among the leaders who went to condole with the family were ODM leader Raila Odinga, Former Bureti MP Franklin Bett, Youth and Gender CAS Rachael Shebesh.

    Laboso was one of the three women governors elected in the country, the others are Kirinyaga's Ann Waiguru and Kitui's Charity Ngilu.