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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.

By Standard.


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Do you know this man caught on CCTV stealing laptop in Mirema flat? – VIDEO

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CCTV footage has emerged showing the moment a man stole a laptop from a house in a city flat.

The footage, captured last week, shows the unidentified male masquerading as a tenant of the flat and waiting as a tenant opens the gate door before he follows her in.

The man then starts going around the flat looking for any unlocked doors.

The suspect is seen moving floor after floor until he finally finds an unlocked door.

He then gets in and hastily makes away with a bag with what is understood to be a laptop.

Mr Muriithi, the landlord of Mufu Heights, which is located along Mirema Road in Nairobi, suspects that the man captured on CCTV could be working for a moving company.

Spotted in the apartment

He said that it was the second time the man had been spotted in the apartment. In the first incident, a tenant lost a wristwatch.

“We suspect that he works for a moving company and he helped a tenant to either move in or out and he came back and surveyed the building sometime in September. He has returned and a tenant has lost a laptop,” Mr Mureithi said.

He added that the victim had left the house without locking the door because his wife had forgotten her keys in the house.

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The matter was reported at Kasarani police station with members of the public being requested to help in identifying him.


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Shock as man admits to killing his wife and her lover

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He came home, found his friend in bed with his wife, picked up a panga and murdered them in cold blood before handing himself over to the police.

At least that is what a 40-year-old suspect only identified as Lorumeta wants the police to believe after making a deranged and shocking entrance to Karuna Police Station while brandishing a bloodied machete with a murderous look in his eyes and babbling incoherently.

The incident has left residents of Karuna village in Moiben Sub-county in shock amid claims of a salacious love affair between the man’s wife and his friend.

Both Lorumeta and his friend were employed as casual labourers at Kaptebei Farm, locals said.

Members of the public who had gone to seek services at the station were forced to scamper to safety as police disarmed the suspect before locking him up in the cells.

Motive of murder 

On interrogation, Lorumeta told police he was fed up with his cheating wife’s shameless actions.

Confirming the Saturday afternoon incident, County Police Commander Ayub Ali said the bodies of Nancy Cheruto and Cheruiyot Lomorian, which had deep cuts, were taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting a postmortem examination.

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The police boss said investigations are underway to establish the facts. He said the suspect will be charged in court as soon as the investigations are complete.

“For now, the motive of this killing is yet to be known. We are not going to speculate as to the cause of this shocking murder until the investigations are complete,” said Mr Ali.

He added that police cannot rely on the allegations of the suspect until they conduct in-depth investigations.

by nation.co.ke


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By going the solar route, I save Sh140,000 per month, says restaurateur

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Kenya Power was in the news recently complaining that their clients are increasingly transitioning to use of solar energy.

Solar has emerged as a favourite source of power to many homeowners due to its reliability and low cost compared to electricity.

But that is not limited to homes as businesses are also embracing solar energy.

One such business is the new Café Deli branch along Koinange Street.

When the restaurant relocated from Kenyatta Avenue in September, Mr Obado Obadoh, the Managing Director and founder of Nanjala Ltd –the parent company that owns the chain of restaurants — says he wanted to have glass roofing at his new establishment.

This, however, came with its challenges and the option turned out to be expensive since, apart from the glass roofing, they would need ultraviolet (UV) light protectors.

For humans, suntan and sunburn are familiar effects of exposure of the skin to UV light, along with an increased risk of skin cancer.

Solar panels are installed at New Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi in this file photo.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

But, after consultations with experts, Mr Obado settled for solar panels.

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“When we were designing the Koinange Street branch, we had experts come in and give their opinions. With the Covid-19 situation, we were also looking for ways to cut costs. With solar, we spent less money than all the other available options,” Mr Obado told the Nation.

“When the costing was done by the quantity surveyor, it came down to almost half of what we would have spent on putting up the glass roof.”

Savings important

 

To Mr Obado, saving even a shilling means a lot and so solar was the welcome option.

“At the Kenyatta Avenue (branch), the cost of electricity per month was between Sh250,000 and Sh280,000. Based on the plan we have, we will use Kenya Power as a backup. This means we will save close to Sh140,000 which is half of what we used to pay before,” he said.

 Mr Omondi Lumbe, the electrical contractor who was in charge of the project, says he installed 96 panels on the roof that coves 250 square meters.

“The panels produce close to 33 kilowatts per hour and are in use for eight hours a day, hence produce close to 264 kilowatts daily,” said Mr Lumbe, who is a partner at Kev & Lum Construction and Electrical Company Ltd.

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Solar panels are installed at New Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi in this file photo.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

To avoid more spending, they opted to use solar power directly instead of using batteries to store more energy.

Today, Café Deli only relies on Kenya Power services for between three and four hours, which is mostly at night when the solar panels are off.

“We are only using Kenya Power at night for three to four hours. That means solar power will be used for most of our 12 hours,” Mr Obado said.

He also has plans to install the solar panels at his other branches on Moi Avenue and Nkurumah Lane, Behind Kencom in Nairobi’s Central Business District.

Business effects

 

This is, however, not the first time the businessman is opting to go the solar power route.

Six years ago, when he wanted to install electricity at his rural home in Busia, he says he was slapped with a quotation of Sh800,000.

“I thought about it and wondered why I would pay such a high figure, buy a transformer which is going to be Kenya Power’s property, and still pay them every month. I settled for solar panels and it’s a decision I don’t regret,” he said.

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According to Mr Obado, the high cost of power in Kenya has rendered businesses uncompetitive compared to other countries in East Africa.

The new Cafe Deli along Koinange Street in Nairobi, which uses solar energy.

Amina Wako | Nation Media Group

Café Deli has joined several companies, universities and factories that have turned to solar power  and, in the process, cut operational costs.

This, according to Kenya Power, has dealt a blow to their already dwindling finances.

“The company operated in a challenging environment over the financial year under review, where demand growth at 3.7 per cent remained below the projected level of five per cent. The dampened demand growth is further compounded by increased threats of grid defection by the industrial category as decentralised renewable energy options are becoming more available and cheaper,” Kenya Power revealed in its latest annual report.


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