Joyce Laboso Biography
Joyce Laboso is the current governor of Bomet county. Laboso was born on 25th November 1960. She was a member of Paliament (MP) representing Sotik constituency in Bomet county. She is a member of United Republican Party (URP) and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance.
Joyce Laboso succeeded her sister, Lorna Laboso, who died in a plane crash. She garnered 23,880 with a vote margin of 10,000 over her closest challenger, retired Brigadier Alexander Sitienei (a former aide to Daniel arap Moi) who received 13,843 votes.
Joyce Laboso Education Background
- From 2002 – 2006: Graduate Student at the University of Hull, UK, (PhD gender and language education)
- From 1989 – 1991: Graduate Student at the University of Reading, UK (Masters teaching English as a foreign language)
- From 1984 – 1985: Graduate Student at the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (Post graduate diploma- French language teaching)
- From 1980 – 1983: Undergraduate Student at Kenyatta University (B.ed (arts) French, Literature and Education)
- Secondary School Student at Kenya High School, Nairobi
- Secondary School Student at Kaplong Girls Secondary School
- Primary School student at Kaplong and Molo Primary Schools
Joyce Laboso Political Positions
Current Political Positions
- From 28th March 2013: Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
- From 10th March 2013: Member of Parliament for Sotik Constituency
- From 13th February 2013: Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
- From 8th February 2013: Member of United Republican Party (URP)
Previous Political Positions
- From 8th February 2013 – 4th March 2013: Aspirant Member of Parliament for Sotik Constituency
- From 2007 – January 2013: Member for Sotik of Orange Democratic Movement
Joyce Laboso Job History
- From 2007: Coordinator, communication and media, library and information studies programmes at Egerton University
- From 2003 – 2006: Special needs lecturer at Farrow House Education Center, Hull, United Kingdom
- From 2001 – 2002: Assistant dean of students at Egerton University
- From 1991 – 2000: Lecturer at Egerton University
- From 1990 – 1991: Assistant lecturer at Egerton University
- From 1985 – 1989: High school teacher at Kipsigis girls’ high school
Joyce Laboso Committee Memberships
- From 2013: Chairperson of Liaison Committee
- From 2008 – 2013: Vice Chair Committee on Implementation
- From 2008 – 2013: Member of House Business Committee
- From 2008 – 2013: Member of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association
- From 2008 – 2013: Member of Departmental Committee on Education, Research And Technology
Joyce Laboso Contacts
Address: Parliament Buildings Parliament Rd.
P.O Box 41842 – 00100
Joyce Laboso Husband and Marriage
Joyce Laboso accused her rivals in the Bomet governor race of using “dirty and outdated” tactics by saying she is unqualified as she is married to an outsider.
She said they want to eliminate her from the race in Kalenjin land by arguing her loyalty is devided because she is married to a Luo, Edwin Abonyo, a former manager with Finlays.
Joyce Laboso said it is unfortunate that some of her male rivals have resorted to “cheap” issues such as her marriage in their campaigns. She said it is only the manifesto, track record and one’s ability to persuade the electorate that will determine who wins.
Joyce Laboso News
Joyce Laboso Confident of Winning Bomet Governor Seat
Sotik MP Joyce Laboso has exuded confidence that she will win the Bomet governorship for the Jubilee Party and make history as one of the first women to be a county chief.
The deputy Speaker of the National Assembly said the nomination process, which she won, was a tougher battle than what awaits her in the August 8 General Election.
Dr Joyce Laboso beat her nemesis, former Konoin MP Julius Kones, in the hotly contested primaries to take the Jubilee flag after garnering 115,289 votes.
Dr Kones garnered 72,546 votes while Bomet Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai came a distant third with 8,895 votes.
“For me, Jubilee nominations were the tougher battle. This is because South Rift is 100 per cent Jubilee zone and earning the ticket is very competitive.
“But now that I am running against other parties, I am confident I will win,” said Dr Laboso in an interview with NTV.
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Joyce Laboso said her push for the governor’s seat will be easier now that her political rival, Governor Isaac Ruto, has declared his support for the opposition National Super Alliance, which she says is unpopular in Bomet and the South Rift as a whole.
“But I do not want to focus on what my challengers do. I am just going out to the people of Bomet to sell my policies. It is up to Mr Ruto to sell his Nasa too,” said the confident MP.
Basing her argument on voting patterns in the county, Ms Joyce Laboso said county residents would be reluctant to support a governor who is “number five” in the Nasa line-up.
“From history, the people will not compromise their support for one of their own who is number two and also eyeing the presidency in 2022 in support of a number five or a number nothing because we don’t even know what that position is in the Constitution,” said Dr Laboso.
Dr Joyce Laboso is among the few women on the verge of making history if they are elected to the top county seat, unlike in 2013 when only men were voted in.
Former Devolution Cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru also clinched the Jubilee ticket to run for the governorship in Kirinyaga, which, like Bomet, is a Jubilee stronghold based on the 2013 voting patterns.
In such regions, winning a ticket is as good as winning the election itself.