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‘Joyce (Laboso) was wonderful, I find it hard to address her in the past’

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The husband of the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso has recalled the difficult moments the family went through after she was diagnosed with cancer.

During a funeral service for her at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Edwin Abonyo narrated how he met Joyce while he worked as a manager in a Kericho tea plantation, and how she was first diagonised with cancer in 1991.

“Joyce was wonderful, I find it hard to address her in the past…she first had cancer in 1991 when we only had Brian and Ted. We were still young and we were devastated by the news…She was treated in Nairobi Hospital and she healed from her first cancer,” he said.

He recalled how the governor put on a brave face and hid all her pain and suffering and how only her close family and friends knew of the cancer.

“She didn’t like drama, not so many knew about it…she was sick but covered it all. Joyce was committed to her work. She was a busy woman, always on her phone making calls,” he added.

“I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. They are great people; they would call me. They were all concerned about Joyce. They gave me immense support,” he said.Her children echoed their mum’s unconditional love and how she fought cancer bravely in her last days.Brian said: “Thank you for being exemplary, teaching us virtues of humility and patience. You fought illness bravely, but now you need to rest, you were an angel on this earth. You left a legacy. We thank God for the years we spent with you.”

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“Watching the condition you were in past months it broke my heart, thank you for the unconditional love that you showed us,” Ted said.

They all thanked Joyce, their mother for the values she instilled in them.Laboso’s eldest son, Brian Abonyo, read her eulogy which highlighted her achievements and her great aspiration for the people of Bomet. The governor battled cancer for 28 years.

According to friends, she was a caring person and a leader whose focus was mainly on healthcare, food and security for his people.Laboso’s former teacher at Kenya High School Ida Odinga said: “She was intelligent…Her name is still on the notice board of KHS dining hall… she had a brilliant mind, she stayed focused, determined and was a woman of the people.”

“Cancer should be addressed, it is a deadly disease… Joyce was headed for great things but I think God always takes the best and thank you Edwin for being with Joyce till the last minute, it is a lesson we all have learnt from you,” a friend of Abonyo’s said.

The service was presided over by Bishop Ernest Ng’eno assisted by Canon Sammy Wainaina and attended by Deputy President William Ruto.Leaders present included, governors Mike Sonko, Charity Ngilu and Anne Waiguru.

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and several other cabinet secretaries were also in attendance.The cortege left the Lee Funeral Home for the first funeral service at the All Saints Cathedral.Female MPs, Senators and governors in mourning black and purple scarfs termed Joyce’s death as a great loss to Kenya.

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Her husband Edwin Abonyo was dressed in a navy blue suit with a purple ribbon.Laboso’s body will later be flown from Wilson Airport to Sotik in Bomet County.

Governor Laboso died of cancer on Monday at Nairobi Hospital.Laboso had been in hospitals in London and India since May 29. She was admitted in the Royal Madden NHS Hospital for over a month and later flown to India for another two weeks for further treatment.

Before she was elected as Bomet Governor, Laboso served as the Sotik MP, having been elected following the death of her sister Lorna Laboso in a plane crash on June 10, 2008.She also served as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in the 11th Parliament.

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Motorists get slight price reprieve in festive season

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Drivers will take delight in a slight reprieve at the pump this festive season after prices of petroleum products dropped.

Petrol, diesel and kerosene will for the next 30days retail at a lower price, having declined by Sh1.09, Sh2.83 and Sh1.75 respectively in Nairobi, according to the monthly pricing review.

A litre of petrol in the city will sell at Sh109.50, diesel at Sh101.78 and Sh102.31.

The fuel prices are inclusive of a value-added tax of eight percent introduced in the Finance Act, 2018.

“The changes in this month’s prices are as a consequence of the average landed cost of imported petrol by 0.52 per cent from $463.24 per cubic metre in October 2019 to $460.83 per cubic metre in November 2019,” said the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority in its pricing guide.

From October 14 to November 15, consumers had to cope with higher margins for oil selling companies after the price increased Sh10.89 to Sh 12.39 per litre.

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Man claims he could be boy whose disappearance has baffled police for 25 years

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A man has come forward claiming he may have been a toddler whose disappearance has baffled police for 25 years.

Four-year-old D’Wan Sims was last seen when he was Christmas shopping with his mum in December 1994.

Distraught mother Dwanna Harris said D’Wan suddenly vanished from the Wonderland Mall in Livonia, Detroit, and was never heard from again.

Now the 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, has got in touch with authorities asking for a DNA test to determine if he is D’Wan.

He reportedly became suspicious after finding inconsistencies with what his parents told him, and learning that his dad was not his real father.

The man posted his thoughts on Facebook, and is now hoping to get answers about his childhood.

Captain Ronald Taig from the Livonia Police Department told WDIV: “What’s odd is that he claimed that he didn’t want any of this information out in the media and from what I understand he has put this out on social media.

“We are going to reach out, obviously, to the family and provide his information, to see if they want to contact him.”

Soon after his disappearance, D’Wan’s mum said: “The only thing that I want the public to know, is that my only concern is finding my son.

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“Whoever has my baby, I know he’s safe, and I know you’re taking good care of him … What I’m hoping is that someone may have ran across my child.

“We’ve got your Christmas ready, so, just come home.”

She has always maintained she had nothing to do with his disappearance.

It is not yet clear if Harris will cooperate with the latest development by providing police with a DNA sample, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Dead Modern Coast drivers ‘were long-term friends’

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Moses Wanjala, 49, and 57-year-old Japhfred Lucas Lukasile lived in neighbouring villages and were long-standing friends.

Mr. Wanjala came from Mukabakaba village that neighbours Lutali, both in Kakamega North Sub-County.

Villagers and relatives on Friday were trying to come into terms with the death of the two. They both had many years of experience on the road before the early morning crash. The accident claimed seven lives and injured more than 60.

The families could not understand what caused the fatal accident.

“We expected the Modern Coast company management to stand with the families following the tragedy, but that has not happened,” Mr Wanjala’s aunt, Grace Isomi, said.

The two drivers knew each other for a long time and, their paths often crossed as they headed to different destinations.

As bad luck would have it, they also died on the same night when their buses collided.

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