The death of Bomet County Governor Joyce Laboso has left the county in shock and Kenyans across the country engulfed in sadness.
Her death comes weeks after Kenyans bade farewell to corporate titan Bob Collymore who died of cancer afters months of treatment.
On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga were among the first leaders to mourn the death of Dr Laboso.
President Kenyatta eulogised Dr Laboso as an “icon of women leadership in the country.
“May God grant the family, residents of Bomet and all Kenyans the fortitude to bear the big loss,” the President said.
DP Ruto said he had visited Dr Laboso in hospital on Sunday.
“I came here on Sunday to see Joyce and we had a chat. She was conscious and asked me what was going on in Bomet and whether she could go home. We told her everything was under control and what she needed to do was give doctors an opportunity to take care of her,” said Deputy President William Ruto on Monday.
Dr Ruto said the government will work with her family to ensure she is given the send-off she deserves as a brave leader.
On his part, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga mourned her saying “she was a dedicated public servant.”
Laboso was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon at the Nairobi Hospital after succumbing to a long illness.