“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 and all Kenyans the fortitude to bear the big loss”-President Kenyatta.
‘Dr Joyce Laboso’s death is a big blow to the country and the people of Bomet. We stand in solidarity with the family. The entire nation is in mourning’- Raila Odinga
‘Joyce was a courageous, hardworking and a progressive woman leader in Kenya. She demonstrated that she was made of a good mettle…’ DP Ruto
These are sentiments from some of our key leaders who are mourning her.
Speaking at Lee Funeral Home, he husband, Edwin Abonyo stated that Hon Laboso has been suffering for a long time before succumbing to cancer. “She (Joyce Laboso) has suffered for a very long time.” – Husband Edwin Abonyo.
In a previous interview she explained that she’s a first born in a family of 6; 4 boys and 2 girls. “As a first born child, I used to solve problems within the family. I was the voice of reason, an arbiter, whenever my brothers and sisters had a conflict. That was my first test of leadership.”
She joined politics following the death of her sister Lorna Laboso who passed away in a plane crash in June 10, 2008. She replaced her sister as the MP of Sotik in a by-election.
The family of the late Joyce Laboso has announced that the Bomet Governor will be buried in Fort Ternan, Koru, Kisumu County. This will be after a funeral service held in Bomet.
Joyce Laboso has left behind 2 sons Bryan and Ted.