Ministers Kones, Laboso die in plane crash
Written By:Nickolas Kigondu , Posted: Tue, Jun 10, 2008
Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones and Home Affairs Assistant Minister Lorna Laboso are dead.
They died when a light aircraft they were traveling in crashed near Kojong’a hills near Nairegi Enkare trading centre – about 120 km West of Nairobi in Narok Tuesday.
Narok District police boss Mr. Patrick Wambani said all four people in the plane died but said its cause was not known.
In Nairobi, police spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed that the names of Kones and Laboso were on the flight manifest.
Residents of the Kojong’a area said they saw the plane hurtling down the hill shortly before midday.
Hon. Kipkalya Kones was born in 1952 in Bomet district and went through Tenwek and Cardinal Otunga High schools.
He started off as a teacher at Merigi Secondary before becoming the African Highlands Produce Limited Manager where he rose to be a senior manager.
In 1988, he joined Politics and was elected MP for Bomet Constituency and appointed Minister for Agriculture.
In 1992, he was re-elected MP and appointed an Assistant Minister of State in the Office of the President.
After re-election to Parliament in 1997, he was appointed Minister for Public Works and Housing, then Minister for Research, Science and Technology and Minister for Vocational Training.
In 2003, he was nominated to Parliament and appointed Member of Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Review, before being appointed to the ministry of roads when the Grand Coalition government was constituted.
He has been a member of several Government delegations to the consultative Group Meetings with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB).
He led the Kenyan delegation to the World Social Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On the other hand, Sotik MP Lorna Laboso nicknamed the tigress of the South Rift politics having been elected as a woman MP in her conservative Kipsigis community.
Laboso worked in a tea firm, a flower company, as an accountant and as fierce campaigner against female circumcision.
She got a Bachelor of Arts degree from Daystar University in 2007.
Laboso did her A-levels at Nakuru High School. She later went to Kaimosi College for a course in accounting.
In 1984, she was employed at the Kenya Tea Growers Association as an administrative assistant until 1992.
She also worked with the Fresh Produce Exporters Association and Horticultural Development Centre.
Born to Fredrick and Rebecca Laboso in 1961 in Kericho, the MP went to Kaplong and Molo primary schools between 1968 and 1975.
She did her O-levels at Kipsigis Girls.
She is survived by an eight-year-old son.