Bomet Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso has been admitted to a hospital in London, United Kingdom.

Laboso left the country for the UK on Wednesday last week after handing over duties to Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok.

Her office announced she was taking a one-month medical leave, ending months of public speculation that she has been unwell. She had not been seen in the public for weeks.

“During her four weeks absence, the Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok will hold brief for her. Dr. Barchok will be assisted by County Secretary Mrs. Evalyne Rono and Chief of Staff Mrs. Jayne Sigilai,” said Bomet Director of Communications Ezra Kirui.

“The Governor assures Bomet residents and stakeholders that the running of government functions and activities will continue as normal with no interruption.”


Opposition leader Raila Odinga shared photos of Laboso in a hospital bed when he visited her on Tuesday.

Odinga was accompanied by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manoah Esipisu.

“In London, accompanied by Kenya High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu, visited Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso who is recovering at a local hospital. They wished the Governor a quick recovery,” Raila said in a social media post.

Dr. Laboso is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment. She has previously traveled to the UK, United States, and India for medical attention.