Edwin Abonyo, the husband of the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso says while they have tried to clear all the hospital bills of Laboso, with the help of the state and friends, it is not yet done.
He said with his son Brian, they were recently surprised to receive communication from the London hospital demanding Sh2 million arrears.
“Together with my son, we cleared with the hospital, so we were surprised to have the bill,” he said.
“I however told them that we actually lost the patient, and since then they went silent. So we don’t know whether they will pursue it or let it slide,” added.
Expressing his profuse gratitude to friends who helped, Abonyo said, however, that not all the platitudes at his wife’s funeral were truthful.
“Politicians are notorious liars. In fact, when we heard what they would say, we sometimes just retreated with Brian to laugh,” he said.
“But [President] Uhuru is a good man,” he added.
“The state must be well appreciated. It afforded us much help. Joyce also had numerous friends who were loyal, genuine and true,” he added.
Among the friends he mentioned were Nairobi speaker Beatrice Elachi who, he said, visited them in London and spent nights with the governor at Nairobi Hospital.
CAS Rachel Shebesh, governors Anne Waiguru and Charity Ngilu, he said, also proved genuine friends.
Asked whether his new appointment to the state parastatals oversight board was a move by the President to wipe his tears, he said; “If it is so, I’m grateful. If not so, I’m even more grateful.”
Regarding the administration of Bomet county, Abonyo said he hopes the current Governor Hillary Barchok fulfils the manifesto and vision of his wife “because he would not be there anyway were it not for my wife.”
He said Governor Barchok rode to power on the strength of his wife and that it was the vision of Laboso which would have sustained the county for the next three years.
“All the officials in the administration were put there by Joyce, and she put them there on merit. So I hope they fulfil the vision that gave them jobs for the betterment of the people of Bomet county,” he said.
Of priority, he said, would be the completion of the Mother and Child Care hospital which was at the heart of Laboso, even on her death bed.
“She even told the President and his deputy about it. She wanted this to succeed and even as a private citizen, I would do something to help it,” he added.
Abonyo said though his wife was the face known publicly, he helped put together Joyce and her sister Lorna’s campaign secretariats and the policies.
“Power did not get into our heads. One thing I resolved is to love my wife and support her, as we are partners,” he said.
By GORDON OSEN