Ida Odinga on Laboso the high school student

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The former Prime Minister’s wife, Ida Odinga, on Thursday recalled how the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso’s leadership skills began showing during her high school days.

Mrs Odinga, who was her teacher at Kenya High School, said that not only was she a prefect but also a high performing student.

“There is a tendency in Kenya High if you pass well like Joyce did, your name is put on the noticeboard in the dining hall. You can still go to Kenya High School notice board the year 1979 and you’ll find Joyce’s name there,” Mrs Odinga said.

The former Prime Minister’s wife said that their relationship with Laboso continued even past high school. So when Laboso’s sister, Lorna Laboso passed on, she was convinced that the former Bomet governor was the most favourable successor.

“After burying Lorna, I was in Laboso’s home the next day at 6am and my aim for going back to that home was to convince Joyce to take over the seat of Lorna Laboso,” Mrs Odinga recalled.

The former Kenya High School teacher said that it took three hours to convince Laboso to replace her sister.

“I told her she had what it takes to be a leader right from the high school days. She was focused, determined, a very loving person and a woman of the people,” Mrs Odinga added.

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