Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso's husband, Edwin Abonyo, has explained why they chose to keep her condition a secret from the public.
Laboso's husband speaks for the first time on why they kept her condition a secret
She suffered for a very long time but we kept it under wraps - Governor Laboso's husband
"As it has been mentioned, she has actually suffered for a long time but we kept it under wraps. She did not want it to deter her duty and all the things she was doing.
"She was very strong and we can only reciprocate by showing the same kind of strength as she did.
"I know we are all very sad right now but I request that you give us the space and time to mourn her as a family, that is all I can say right now but I also say thank you to all of you for your support," Mr Abonyo explained.
Dr Laboso's three sons were also present at the briefing but they did not get an opportunity to address the press.
The family had not revealed that the governor was undergoing cancer treatment and only termed it as a "long illness" in their briefings to the press.
Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya confirmed that the illness had also been kept a secret from her colleagues saying that Dr Laboso had only told him she was going for a medical check-up when she left in May.
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