Bomet Governer and the first female governor in Kenya Joyce Laboso has died.
Laboso succumbed to cancer at Nairobi Hospital, where she had been put on life support.
She has been at the hospital for about 2 weeks, after arriving from India. Before that, she was been treated in the United Kingdom.
Earlier today, news of her worsening condition was announced, with the family and hospital saying that they were restricting the number of visitors.
It is unclear what kind of cancer she has been ailing, and until today, it was not even public knowledge that cancer is what she had.
Laboso was only 58 years old.
Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok will now run county affairs.
The governor’s death comes just days after cancer took away the life of Kibra MP Ken Okoth, and just weeks after Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore suffered a similar fate.
May she rest in peace.
Here are some messages of condolence.
I remember Dr. Joyce Laboso from our teaching days at Egerton Univ. She was a pleasant, kind and sincere colleague, a servant leader with a rare kindness. She remained a self-effacing person, genuine and true to her family, friends, colleagues and those she served. pic.twitter.com/HTOzOlC1hQ
— Dr. Fred Matiang'i (@FredMatiangi) July 29, 2019
"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.
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) July 29, 2019
So sad to learn about the death of my friend, Hon. Dr. Joyce Laboso, Governor of Bomet County .
Dr.Laboso was a trailblazer in leadership having served as an MP, first female Deputy Speaker and later as a Governor.
She was also a Scholar . pic.twitter.com/GgLwY576FQ
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) July 29, 2019
— Charity Ngilu (@mamangilu) July 29, 2019
Condolence Message to the family of the late Governor Joyce Laboso. pic.twitter.com/x22qKXWOnM
— David Maraga (@dkmaraga) July 29, 2019