Late governor Joyce Laboso’s husband lands government appointment

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso’s husband Edwin Abonyo.

The appointment comes barely three months after the former governor succumbed to cancer after a brave 28 years’ battle.

Abonyo was appointed to the State Corporation Advisory Committee alongside seven other members via a Gazette Notice of Monday, October 14, 2019.

Edwin Abonyo gets State appointment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Edwin Abonyo during the burial of former Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso. Photo: The Standard Newspaper.

Jeremiah Matagaro will be the committee’s chairperson, Wanjiku Wakogi will serve as the secretary, Cyrus Gituai, Gloria Ndeke, Roselyne Tumpeyo, Tom Maina and Cecil Kuya will be members alongside Abonyo.

Uhuru appointed the seven to serve in the State corporation for a period of three years.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 26 (1) and (3) of the State Corporations Act, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya appoint…to be members of the State Corporations Advisory Committee, for a period of three years, with effect from October 14, 2019,” reads the notice. 

Abonyo, a former tea estate manager, maintained a low profile and only shot to the limelight following the demise of his wife, Laboso, who was serving as Bomet governor.

Abonyo’s eloquence, unmatched sense of humour and words of wisdom during the requiem and funeral services of his wife won him admiration from Kenyans of all walks, with some even suggesting he should be given a State appointment or consider vying for a political seat.

During the burial of Abonyo’s wife, Uhuru and other top government leaders promised to walk with and support him.

Uhuru also appointed former Othaya MP Mary Wambui as Chairperson to the National Employment Authority, a move which incensed Kenyans who bashed the president of turning a blind eye to the youths and recycling leaders.

Wambui who was rumoured to be former president Mwai Kibaki’s lover served as Othaya MP for two terms.

Mary Wambui gets State Job

Mary Wambui who was rumoured to be former president Mwai Kibaki’s lover served as Othaya MP for two terms. Photo: Kenya Poa

Incensed Kenyans online raised questions on Wambui’s academic and professional experience to hold such a position, with some demanding she makes public her education credentials.

Whether she will accept the appointment or bow to the public pressure to keep away from the job is a matter of wait and see.