Leaders from across the political divide Thursday eulogized the late Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso Abonyo and the late Kibra MP Kenneth Odhiambo Okoth as steadfast leaders whose visions were a better society.
Leaders who gathered at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi led by Deputy President William Ruto for Dr Laboso’s requiem mass said the deceased politician valued friendship and forgiveness.
The late Dr Laboso’s husband Edwin Abonyo told the mourners that the deceased was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991 but their children were informed about it much later.
From All Saints Cathedral, body of Dr Laboso was to be transferred to Bomet for an overnight vigil.
From Bomet, she will be interred at her marital home in Koru, Kisumu County on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.
On Friday, a funeral service will be held at the Bomet Green Stadium.
Dr Joyce Laboso aged 58 has passed on at the Nairobi Hospital after battling cancer.
Laboso had been admitted at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for two weeks upon her arrival from India where she had gone to receive further treatment.
Meanwhile at Moi Girls’ School, Kibra, opposition leader Raila Odinga led other mourners to celebrate the life of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth as popularly known.
They eulogized the late Okoth as a dedicated servant leader.
In attendance were, ODM Leader Raila Odinga, Party Leader Amani National Congress Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, MPs, Senators and leaders from all walks of life.
On Wednesday, ODM leader Raila Odinga indicated that Okoth’s body will be transported to Kabondo Kasipul constituency in Homa Bay County on Saturday, August 3. Thereafter, a funeral service will be held at Got-Rateng Secondary School at 10am after which the family will be allowed to perform their confidential final rites.
He added that the body will be handled “in the same way as that of Kenneth Matiba.”
Kenneth Matiba’s body was cremated at a private function according to his wishes.
Okoth’s mother wanted the son be buried at home in Homa Bay County. Okoth’s parents separated when the MP was young in the 1980s. His father died in the early 90s.
His family members at Kochia in Homabay County have expressed the desire to be incorporated in the grand arrangements citing customary linkage.
Led by the family spokesman Raymond Mbai the family expressed displeasure over allegations of cremating the body of their kin stating that it was against the Luo customary laws
Okoth succumbed to late-diagnosed colorectal cancer on Friday last week at the Nairobi Hospital.