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Why Joyce Laboso’s mother expressed fears about her joining politics

Bomet county Governor, the late Joyce Cherono Laboso joined politics in the footsteps of her sister, the late Lorna Chepkemoi Laboso.

Lorna Laboso was the Member of Parliament for Sotik Constituency, elected in 2007. She was then nominated as an assistant minister in the office of the Vice President during the grand coalition government in April 2008.

Lorna met her untimely death as she was traveling from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Kericho together with the then Minister of Roads, Kipkalya Kones who also perished in the crash.

The Cessna plane they were traveling in is said to have crashed into a building in Nairagie Enkare, near Narok killing the two politicians, pilot, and a security guard.

After the death of Lorna, ODM wanted her position in parliament to be filled by one of the family members. Her mother Sarah Labaso was initially opposed to Joyce joining politics as the death of Lorna had left them with a bitter taste in their mouth and negative perception of politics.

“The ODM party came knocking, looking for a replacement. As a mother, I had resisted it, fearing I would lose her (Joyce) in the same manner,’’ said Sarah Laboso.

Persistence from ODM and supporters of the late Lorna, saw Sarah agreeing to it and convincing her second daughter Joyce to follow her elder sister’s political footsteps.

Once Joyce joined politics, there was no looking back as she climbed the various political ranks, ultimately becoming one of the three female governors in Kenya.

Joyce Laboso died at the Nairobi Hospital on Monday after battling cancer of colon. She is survived by her husband and sons.

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