It was clear from yesterday’s tearful (and yet also controversial) send off of the late assistant minister in the ministry of home affairs, Lorna Laboso that this was a woman who was in many ways very special and will therefore be sorely missed. It is clear that she will be missed by not only her relatives, close friends and constituents but also by many whom her short life touched.
The tragedy of man is that we will tend to sing the praises of fellow mortals only when they are departed and many times people exaggerate stuff at funerals. This was hardly the case with Ms Laboso who has a string of solid achievements she made within her short time in this place where we are all on transition and in Kenyan politics.
For instance the late MP for Sotik had already started setting aside Kshs 100,000 from her remuneration in the August house every month to benefit her constituents.
Amazingly it also emerged that Laboso was down and out only a few short years ago but firmly believed that she would make it to parliament and the cabinet even after an earlier attempt in 2002 badly flopped. Apparently she was known to urge friends who were going through a difficult time to read or listen to the best selling inspirational “The Secret.”
There is really no doubt that this was a very special woman. Little wonder that a well known respected personality could not help falling in love with the late Laboso and they had a love child together.
Kumekucha salutes a great departed Kenyan, amongst the breed of the kind of leaders that our beloved motherland badly needs just now.