Friday August 2, 2019 - Deputy President William Ruto has revealed how he informed the late Joyce Laboso’s decision to drop her husband’s name, Abonyo, from her maiden name when she plunged into politics back in the year 2008.

Speaking during the former Bomet Governor’s Memorial Service in Nairobi on Thursday, the DP recounted behind-the-scenes intrigues that followed the death of Joyce’s younger sister, Lorna, in a plane crash while serving as the MP for Sotik.

According to the DP, he was among those who fronted Joyce as the area’s next MP to succeed her late sister.

But then there was the little matter of Laboso’s inter-ethnic marriage, which initially presented a stumbling block to her.

“As a bigger boy in politics, Joyce pulled me aside and told me there is a small matter she wanted to tell me before she finally made her decision.”

“She told me, ‘You know my husband is Mr. Abonyo and the way you know this politics it might become an issue’.”

“I told her, ‘Joyce we will craft a message to deal with that and we will insist you are the daughter of Mr Laboso’,” Ruto narrated.

The DP said he further advised Laboso to talk to her husband to make him understand why she was dropping his name.

“Please ask Edwin not to mind if we do not put his name in our arrangements.”

“And I want to say from that moment I realized Joyce had a super human being for a husband,” Ruto told the mourners.


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  1. the dp was right: he helped retain the seats won by the Laboso's, cos the kipsigis are like gukuyu's who elect whore to political offices. I never vote for any woman including women reps in all elections I have participated and I will never vote of one - period!