Joyce Cherono Laboso Abonyo (21 November 1960 – 29 July 2019) was a Kenyan politician who served as the second governor of Bomet County from 2017 until her death on 29 July 2019.
She was married to Dr. Edwin Abonyo, and had three sons. Joyce Laboso was elected to the Parliament of Kenya to represent the Sotik Constituency in a by-election held on 25 September 2008. She succeeded her sister, Lorna Laboso, who died in a plane crash.
She was the ACP Co-president of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
She worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at Egerton University and served as a Commissioner of the National Commission on Gender and Development.
Laboso was one of three first female governors in Kenya, along with Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu[ and Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru. Laboso beat Isaac Rutto, the incumbent who had joined NASA Coalition.
Laboso was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991. According to her husband, Edwin, Laboso managed to survive cancer for 28 years. The disease struck her again severely in March 2019. The family sought medical attention both in the UK and India, unfortunately, the doctors informed them that nothing much could be done to save the governor's life.
She later succumbed to cancer on 29 July 2019 at Nairobi Hospital.
A requiem service for her was conducted on 02 August 2019 and her burial was held at her home in Fort Ternan, Kisumu County on 03 August 2019.
Date of Birth: 21/11/1960
Date of Death: 29/07/2019
Place of Death: Nairobi
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