Before her demise, the former Bomet Governor, Dr Joyce Laboso, made sure that she left a mark in every political position she held.
Here are a few instances that show Laboso was indeed brave:
- Fitting into her sister’s shoes
It did not matter whether she was in politics but Laboso made sure she fitted into her sister’s shoes – Lorna Laboso who died in a plane crush.
She replaced her sister and became the Sotik MP in 2008.
Laboso beat 11 other contestants and defeated her closest competitor – retired Brigadier Alexander Sitienei – with a margin of 10, 000 votes.
2. Dropped her husband’s name
Since the parliamentary race was so tough, Dr Laboso decided to drop her husband’s last name to prevent it from being used against her.
Dr Laboso was married to Former Finlays Kenya Manager Edwin Abonyo , who is Luo.
When she was running for the Bomet Governor seat in 2017, critics used her marriage to sabotage her gubernatorial bid. The critics said that she did not deserve to become a governor in Rift Valley because she belonged to another region – Nyanza. However, Laboso was not deterred by that.
3. She defended Sotik Parliamentary seat
After being elected as the Sotik MP in 2008, Laboso competed for the same seat in 2013 and she won again. However, this time round she defended the seat using William Ruto’s party ticket – United Republican Party (URP).
4. Laboso was elected as Deputy Speaker
Right after clinching the MP seat for a second time, she was elected the Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly.
During the two terms she was an MP in Sotik, Laboso focused on road development, education, provision of water and electricity in her constituency.
5. Among the first three women governors in Kenya
Laboso felt that she needed to do more for her county and as result, she ran for the Bomet Governor seat in 2017.
She emerged the winner defeating the incumbent governor, Isaac Ruto. This enabled her to join the list of the first ever women governors in Kenya. Other women governors include Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru.