I could see she was in terrible pain - Raila recounts last moments with Governor Laboso

Raila spoke moments after viewing Dr Laboso's body at Lee Funeral Home

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga recounts last moments with Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso at Nairobi Hospital ICU

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has recounted his last moments with Dr Joyce Laboso before her passing on Monday.

Speaking at the Lee Funeral Home, former PM became the first person to publicly confirm that the Bomet Governor suffered from cancer.

"This is a major blow to our country. We have lost a very great lady in our nation. She has stood firm ever since she joined the world of politics following the tragic death of her sister Lorna. She stood for justice.

"She has fallen victim to cancer. I visited Joyce at the hospital in London about six weeks ago. At that time she was strong, she was in pain but we could still have a very good conversation.

"But when I went to see her at the Nairobi Hospital ICU about 10 days ago, she had completely changed. I could see she was in pain, she was in terrible pain. I think this has released her from that pain," Mr Odinga recounted.

He further assured the family that the whole nation and political fraternity would stand in solidarity with them at this time of grief.

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The special AU envoy was also asked to comment on measures that could be put in place to curb deaths caused by cancer in the country.

He encouraged Kenyans not to assign blame on the government or any other entities.

Mr Odinga, however, urged the government to speed up initiative to build cancer centres in every county.

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