I had a fever – Chris Kirubi reveals how he found out he had cancer

Chris Kirubi revealed the battle he had with cancer yesterday in a now-viral video. The billionaire industrialist explained that he had suffered from the effects of the disease and beaten it.

Chris Kirubi’s encouraging message to Kenyans: ‘I beat cancer, so can you’

In an interview with The Star, Chris opened up on how he accidentally discovered he had cancer over a year ago. He said that after working the whole day in his office, as usual, he had gone to his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.

Chris Kirubi posing with Radio Africa Group chairman Kiprono
Chris Kirubi posing with Radio Africa Group chairman Kiprono

While at home, he experienced a fever and called his private doctor who tagged along with a pathologist. He recalled;

They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital. I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation.

Chris Kirubi on the right
Chris Kirubi on the right

Mr. Kirubi said that he was later informed that he had stage two cancer, which was affecting his internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. The doctors also urged him to fly out of the country immediately for treatment. He then on to fly to Boston, US, where doctors ran further checks and initiated treatment. He added;

These are some of the best oncologists you can get and I’m lucky that I made it there. What followed was a struggle. It was painful, unsettling and the medication was sometimes very strong. I never lost faith and people came to pray for me. With time I began to improve. My body was weak yet I had to continue with the medication. It was not easy.

Raila Odinga during a visit to see an ailing Chris KIrubi at his Loresho home
Raila Odinga during a visit to see an ailing Chris KIrubi at his Loresho home

The tycoon further noted that the disease was not as devastating as many people think but the catch was to get tested early.

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Chris Kirubi’s encouraging message to Kenyans: ‘I beat cancer, so can you’

Chris Kirubi is one of the most hardworking men in the country. The 78-year-old tycoon has diverse interests in media, real-estate and also investment companies.

Saying the multi-billionaire has done well for himself is an understatement but even men like him who have ascended the rarified heights of extreme wealth still go through tough times.

Raila Odinga during a visit to see an ailing Chris KIrubi at his Loresho home
Raila Odinga during a visit to see an ailing Chris KIrubi at his Loresho home

Chris related yesterday in a viral video that he had suffered from and beat cancer. The tycoon also asked Kenyans to go for cancer screening early enough to increase their chances of beating the disease. He said;

I would like to appeal to our people to go check their status, you need to go to check your status… Cancer is not devastating if it’s discovered early. We need to make sure that if you have a cancer attack, it is discovered in the first or second stage. By that time it is possible to cure it.

He also explained that while it may be devasting to receive a cancer diagnosis, he said that waiting to get tested gives doctors a hard time in coming up with an effective treatment plan. He divulged;

Do not allow cancer to get to the third, fourth stage because it becomes very difficult for doctors to cure us. I would like all our members to survive and that’s why I’m appealing, as one of the victims, to you to make sure that you do not have to undergo a major cancer attack.


Finishing off his message, Chris encouraged viewers that he was living proof that the cancer monster can be indeed be defeated. He said;

I would like you to think of me, to see me as a reminder that cancer can be cured and I want you to believe in it by taking care of it. I believe the doctors are available in the rural areas and you just have to make an effort to check your blood. Ask the doctor to profile your blood for cancer cells. If you do that, you will live for a long time.

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Considering that our country lost several heavyweights like Bob Collymore and Ken Okoth to cancer this past year, Kirubi’s message is both timely and needed.

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Kenyans raise Ksh2.4 M in 1 hour for JKL guest suffering from breast cancer

Kenyans can be a generous bunch. Especially if you can tug at their heartstrings. This was demonstrated yesterday after they contributed Ksh2.4 M for 13-year-old Bianca Wambui who appeared on Citizen TV show JKLive.

This was after Jeff had issued an appeal for her by sharing a pay bill number to help Bianca raise funds for her cancer treatment. Bianca had narrated how she dropped out of school after she underwent an operation to remove one of her breasts.

The guests on Jeff Koinange's show
The guests on Jeff Koinange’s show

She also told Jeff how she had been stigmatised by her school friends because of that fact. After the mastectomy to deal with cancer and now she needed money for radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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Kenyans it seems wanted to do something and within an hour they had raised Ksh2,442,500. Jeff himself was the one to tell Kenyans about the crazy figure on his Twitter page, saying,

Thank You Kenya!! …Thank You for standing with BIANCA WAMBUI. We have raised Ksh 2,442,500 in 1 Hour!!… Thank You, Folks!! Let’s keep CONTRIBUTING!! Paybill: 918675 Account: Bianca Wambui.

Jeff Koinange with his 3 guests
Jeff Koinange with his 3 guests

This isn’t the first time that money has flowed freely from Kenyans pockets to a worthy cause. In October 2015, Kenyans rallied behind K24 anchor Anjlee Gadvi who was diagnosed with liver cancer, helping her raise over Sh6 million within hours.

Anjlee Gadhvi posing
Anjlee Gadhvi posing

The anchor was hosted on Kameme FM’s breakfast show by Njogu Njoroge where she disclosed her struggle with the illness that has milked all her savings dry.

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Cancer News: Jimmy Gait slams rumors of battling serious illness


Jimmy Gait jetted off to New Delhi, India, where he hopes doctors will conduct tests on him to reveal what he is ailing from.

The Muhadhara hitmaker said on his Youtube Channel that he has been undergoing many tests and fans should stop assuming that he is suffering from throat cancer.

I have been having a throat problem for a long time and was not able to get a cure back at home. Last five days has been test after test.

There is a rumour going on social media that I have throat cancer. I don’t know where that came from. We are still doing tests and until the results are out, it’s not right to spread that. It’s already affecting my close people. They are worried about me.

Everything is going well and I can’t wait to come back home and I’m believing God that I’ll be okay.

Jimmy Gait
Jimmy Gait. photo credit: Instagram/Jimmy Gait

Gait in a past exclusive interview told Mpasho.co.ke that he noticed that he couldn’t hit high notes and went to seek medical attention.




Jimmy Gait

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Anjlee Gadhvi’s cancer story gets her 5-Year-old daughter teary-eyed

Anjlee Gadhvi is one of the most popular Kenyan anchors. The woman has been battling cancer the past few years, something that she has been very open about.

The K24 news anchor recently released a video that clawed at the heartstrings as she tried to make her five-year-old daughter understand why she has to leave Kenya to go to India.

Anjlee with her daughter
Anjlee with her daughter in the past

Anjlee tries to make her daughter repeat why she has to go for treatment with her daughter tearfully saying, ‘Because you have to get in a machine that has to check if you’re alright or not. They embrace as Anjlee responds, ‘I’m going to miss you.’

But her daughter isn’t done yet. She advices her mother to seek treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, suggestions that Anjlee has to lovingly shut down, saying,

Aga Khan has those machines but my doctor is in India and he knows how to check my chest better, so far I’m doing better, I don’t need oxygen all the time, I don’t need to nebulize all the time. Aga Khan hospital does not have those machines that can treat your momma. The doctors in India know more about momma’s chest and they are going to help your momma be better and stronger.

Anjlee Gadhvi with her man
Anjlee Gadhvi with her man

Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours. Various journalists took to their timelines commending Anjlee for her bold move, in the process sharing uplifting messages.

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Former BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, applauded her action telling her, ‘You’re so brave for sharing this, and for having the courage to battle publicly. I know you’re incredibly strong and will beat cancer. All the best.’

Larry Madowo in New-York
Larry Madowo in New-York

This year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.

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Her last straw was at KNH: Woman commits suicide over cancer

Residents of Kasarani estate in Naivasha woke up to a rude shock after a middle aged woman who was recently diagnosed with cancer committed suicide.

The 38-year old woman took her life using a rope in her sister’s house so as to avoid the suffering and pain cancer victims and their families undergo.

Emotions ran high as her kin and friends tried to come to terms with the incident which came a couple of days after the woman was told she was suffering from Cancer.

The mother of two had been undergoing treatment in different hospitals before she was diagnosed with the disease that has killed hundreds of Kenyans.


A neighbor Ann Nyambura said that the woman identified Purity Muthoni had been living in Olkalau, where she developed growth in one of her breasts.

“She started undergoing treatment in various hospitals and was misdiagnosed with other ailments until the final blow was delivered at her at KNH,” she said.

She said that the victim had been living with her sister who worked in one of the flower farms before deciding to take her life.

“She waited until the sister had gone to work before using a rope to commit suicide after telling her friends that she did not want to undergo the pain other cancer victims had gone,” she said.

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident adding that the body had been collected and taken to Naivasha mortuary.

“According to the sister, the deceased received results that she was suffering from breast cancer and she went into depression before committing suicide,” he said.

Over the weekend, the country buried Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso and Kibra Mp Ken Okoth who both succumbed to cancer.

Earlier, former chairman of the agriculture committee in parliament John Mututho attributed the increase in cases of cancer to eating of non-biodegradable components in the food.

Mututho warned that the lives of millions of Kenyans mainly those living in urban centers were in great danger due to dairy products that had high levels of chemical residue.

He questioned the origin of the ever green vegetables being sold in the streets noting that majority of them had been grown using sewer.

Mututho noted that food imports mainly from the Far East should be scrutinized keenly as they were a source of heavy metals that had adverse effects on health.

“The regulatory bodies mainly from the ministries of Health and Agriculture should wake up from their slumber and stop the importation and sale of these products,” he said.

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One year of obesity slashes women’s lifelong chances of surviving cancer

Being overweight for just a year dramatically reduces women’s lifelong chances of surviving cancer, a major study has revealed.

For every 12 months spent obese or overweight as an adult, the risk of dying after a breast or bowel cancer diagnosis in later life rises by up to four per cent.

The link between excess weight and the disease developing in the first place is well established, but the new study is the first to show how having a BMI higher than 25 can also slash survival rates. The World Cancer Research Fund tracked the weight of 47,000 women between the age of 20 and 50. Of these 1,500 went on to develop breast or bowel cancer after the menopause.
The Swedish researchers found that each year of being overweight cut a woman’s chances of surviving bowel cancer by four per cent and breast cancer by three per cent.

Bishop Allan Kiuna reveals tough fight he had with cancer

They said time spent being overweight is ‘the obesity-equivalent of years of cigarette smoking’.

Study author Dr Isabelle Soerjomataram, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said:

‘While previous studies have shown an association between being overweight and developing cancer, very little is known about how it impacts your chances of surviving cancer.

‘Our research shows that effective prevention of overweight and obesity must start at an early age.’

Overweight people are more likely to have insulin resistance, chronic inflammation and DNA damage – all linked with the onset of the disease.

Excess body fat sends out signals telling cells to divide more often and causes damage to build up.

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Julia Frater, of Cancer Research UK, said:

‘This study reinforces the idea that keeping and maintaining a healthy weight throughout one’s life can lower the risk of death from it and other diseases.

‘It’s worth highlighting that the length of time someone was overweight for made a big difference towards surviving their cancer.’

Researchers in the US have made a breakthrough in the fight against ovarian and breast cancer by identifying a protein called CD24 which tumour cells use as a ‘don’t eat me’ signal to stop the body’s immune system attacking them. If the signal can be blocked then immune cells might be able to attack tumours.

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‘He did the right thing’ Maina Kageni on Sonko revealing Ken Okoths ‘secret’

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko caught many by surprise during the memorial service of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, after announcing Ken had a ‘secret’ son.

Sonko, who seemed determined to let the cat out of the bag, stated that the son to Okoth was also named Okoth.

Adding it was only fit for his immediate family to stop pretending he does not exist.

Mike Sonko
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko

Prominent radio personality Maina Kageni is however not impressed with Sonko’s outburst, arguing that that was not the right platform.

Was that the right platform to ropoka,

That is information the family had tried to keep away from the public.

Plus Okoth’s mother was also present.

Maina goes on to ask if Sonko did the right thing given that.

The outburst was not on the program .

No one expected thata his outburst hit peoPLE between the eyes.

In conclusion Maina says

People like Sonko have no reverse gear not brakes. I cannot keep a friend like him.

According to word on the street, Ken and his wife Monicah had trouble siring a child of their own.

The two had met while in college more than 20 years ago.

Okoth’s cremation/burial has been temporarily stopped until a decision is made by the court on the paternity of the child alleged to have been sired by Okoth.


People who eat vitamin A-rich veggies have lower risk of skin cancer

Eating plenty of carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes may help prevent skin cancer, a new study suggests.

All of these vegetables – alongside other vegetables, certain animal parts and some fruits and legumes – are rich in vitamin A, a key nutrient to keeping skin healthy.

Not only will eating lots of these foods help to ensure that your body continually produces new skin cells, they may also guard against the cancer-causing effects of UV light, according to a new Brown University study.

It’s the first vitamin A study to follow subjects for more than 20 years and find that high intake of the nutrient is lined to a 17 percent lower skin cancer risk, the researches say – but they warn that just taking supplements won’t do the trick.

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More the 19 million skin cells cover your entire body.

But each day you shed between 30,000 to 40,000 of them, meaning the body constantly hard at work producing new skin cells to replace the ones we lose.

Vitamin A plays a vital role in this process of not only making but maintaining skin cells, activating cells called fibroblasts that keep skin firm and healthy.

The precursor to vitamin A, called beta carotene is a potent antioxidant, which helps to clean up free radicals, roaming compounds that encourage the development of cancer cells.

Its involvement in healthy skin is clear, but little research has looked at the preventative effects of vitamin A (also called retinol) for skin cancer, which affects between seven and 11 percent of fair-skinned people.
If someone is at higher risk for skin cancer due to high sun exposure or a family history, upping vitamin A intake might offer a relatively easy lifestyle change to counteract those risks.

So researchers at Brown University studied a data set of 123,570 US men and women whose diets, habits and health outcomes were documented for more than 26 years.

Encouragingly, the scientists found that nearly everyone got sufficient amounts of dietary vitamin A, meeting and exceeding the US’s recommended intake of 3,000 IU for men and 2,331 for women.

Nearly 4,000 of the study participants developed squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

But the more vitamin A they consumed in their day-to-day diets, the less at-risk for skin cancer the men and women were.

The same guard was not provided by taking oral vitamin A supplements however, suggesting that eating and digesting the nutrient in food is somehow important to reaping its benefits.

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Topical creme forms of vitamin A, called retinoids fare sometimes prescribed to treat acne and help slow down aging by encouraging the production of new skin cells.

So a small previous trial tested whether the topical could help prevent skin cancer in veterans at high risk for the disease.
But that too had no significant effect on who got skin cancer and who didn’t.

Plus, synthetic retinoids have unpleasant side effects, like drying out the skin, making it red and irritated and more sensitive to sunlight.

The authors of the new study, published in JAMA Dermatology, suggest that boosting vitamin A intake in the diet might offer a better, more harmless way to combat skin cancer risks.

They note, however, that even when it’s consumed in part of the regular diet, too much vitamin A may be linked to greater risks for osteoporosis and hip fracture, major concerns for older people, who are also more likely to get skin cancer.

For everyone else, though, eating lots of carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet red peppers, spinach and black-eyed peas as well as beef and cod liver, might fight cancerous mutations in the skin.

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Bishop Allan Kiuna reveals tough fight he had with cancer

Allan Kiuna is the bishop and overseer of Jubilee Christian Church (JCC). The man of God as his congregants call him, has spoken about a tough period in his life.

Allan has opened up about his tough battle with cancer. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Bishop Allan disclosed that he fought the killer disease in 2018.

Allan Kiuna
Allan Kiuna

Kiuna also asked God to comfort anyone who was going through the same and also with their families.

Am so grateful to God for having seen me through a difficult battle with cancer last year.

He added;

My heart goes out to the families of all who have lost their loved ones to the scourge.

Allan Kiuna with his wife Kathy
Allan Kiuna with his wife Kathy

Kiuna condoled with the families of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth and the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso who passed on after fights with cancer.

Ken Okoth
Ken Okoth

“We are praying for God’s strength in your hour of grief. May God comfort the family of Gov. Laboso. And May God comfort the family of Hon. Ken Okoth.

Many of his followers on Twitter were encouraged by his posts and asked him to help fight the scourge as he is a leader with a prominent voice.

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This is an interesting disclosure from Bishop Allan as rarely do you see people who head churches speak about the diseases that are/have ailed them.

Allan Kiuna
Allan Kiuna

The bishop and his wife Kathy have however been very vocal about their last-born son Jeremy, who has had a myriad of health problems after being born prematurely at 6 months. Their son pulled through and graduated high school a few months back and was a straight-A student.

It is interesting that most of our leaders never speak about their health issues. Why is that?

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9 carcinogenic things you are exposed to everyday


You must have heard this word before but never paid much attention.

Here’s why you should read this article.

A carcinogen is something that can cause you to have cancer. It may be a substance in the air, a product you use, or a chemical in foods and drinks.

Clinical Nutritionist Stella Kimani was on Classic 105, where she discussed matters Cancer.

‘When we’re getting cancer and other diseases, why? I mean we brought ourselves here, The farmer could be feeding you carcinogens. We are seeing alot of weed, herbicides, that have been banned on other countries coming into Kenya.

So before you’re food even gets into your plate the farmer has already started the process of killing you and then the person selling that probably was grown on sewage decides to apply on apples some sort of stuff to make them look shiny so that they look fresh to you, the grapes as well, so the entire food chain is problematic’

Here are things that are carcinogenic, and you had no idea:

  1. Tobacco
  2. Crispy brown foods – When some vegetables, like potatoes, are heated to high temps, they give off a chemical called acrylamide.
  3. Formaldehyde – From plywood to some fabrics, this chemical is used in many household products. Studies on lab rats and people who are around formaldehyde at their jobs show it can cause cancer.
  4. Ultraviolet Rays – Studies show that ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, get absorbed into your skin and damage the cells there. Most skin cancer cases are due to UV rays.
  5. Alcohol
  6. Processed meat
  7. Engine Exhaust – Trucks, buses, trains, and even some cars run on diesel fuel. The gas and soot in diesel engine exhaust are believed to cause lung cancer and other types of cancer.
  8. Pollution

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Cancer News: Here’s what Kenyans should really be eating


Shocking statistics revealing that 80 Kenyans die everyday due to Cancer must serve as a wake up call.

The crippling cost of dealing with Cancer in hospital is worse.

From Ken Okoth to Bob Collymore, Joyce Laboso and others, many more are suffering from Cancer, and has got many Kenyans talking.

Kenyans want the government to declare Cancer a national disaster, and make investments for treatment of the disease.

On the Classic 105 show on Wednesday, Maina Kageni invited nutritionist Stella Kimani to speak more about it.

Stella Kimani is the owner of Stellar Afya:

She described her job

I’m a clinical nutritionist who tells you that your body is 100 percent nutrition, and why you need to go back to the basics of the human body which is nutrition. So we basically help you live the way you’re supposed to be.

Stella broke down the kind of meals Kenyans should be eating daily.

Here is what a Kenyan meal should look like everyday to avoid Cancer according to Stella.

Breakfast – Nduma,Egg and some leftover vegetables from dinner.

Mid morning – Fruits Lunch- Ugali, vegetables and Fish (white meat is always encouraged)

Dinner – Veggies and a protein


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‘I am trolled for being barren’ MP Millie Odhiambo cries out



Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo is pretty outspoken about issues.

That is something she is well aware of, and won’t stop anytime soon.

This side of her sadly has seen her land the wrath of online trolls.

In an interview on NTV, Millie spoke out about being trolled and the one thing that hurts her greatly.

When I disagree with people even on Facebook, some people come and insult me and tell me that is why GOD has not blessed you with children, that is why you are barren like it is a big deal not to have children

‘Not having kids does not make me less human’ kambua shuts haters

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Another female politician who has spoken out about not being able to conceive was former coast politician Joyce Lay.

The former Taita Taveta MP opened up about her painful journey to motherhood saying

During a debate on the In-Vitro Fertilization Bill, Ms Lay gave an emotional speech on the frustrations she went through when she had to use a surrogate mother to give birth to her only child.

“I wasn’t born barren. I was a young mother at the age of nineteen. I have been through the pain of giving birth; it is only that I lost my son when he was two years old. This time, it is only that I had to be assisted so that I can get another child,” she said.

Taita Taveta women rep Joyce Lay. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Taita Taveta women rep Joyce Lay. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

KOT have responded to Millie’s confession, urging her to take heart
Lucie Cassandra Wangeci ..Ok, having children is undoubtedly super and one of the greatest blessings in life! However, it’s evil and callous to sneer at those who have not received this gift!

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Njeri Waweru ..I hate it when some people think that they are better than others just because they have children and others don’t,Millie is Blessed in so many ways ,She has inspired so many women and her Contribution to the society is Great, Those who insult her cowards

Wothaya Gakinya ..Sometimes people are so mean with their words. matters of health, wealth, marriage and children i don’t debate with anyone.

Wairimu Ndung’u ..People who think they are blessed coz they’re righteous startle me. Our self righteousness can never earn us anything on such matters..

Esther Njeru ..It is very sad to think that they can use that against her. May God forgive them.

Caroline Derry ..many think what they have is their will and not the grace bestowed to them by God,Millie you are a blessing and a mother to a whole nation..just like Abraham who had only two children after a long struggle God made him a father of the nations..u are a mother of so many gals,mothers and children look upto you…min piny.

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Stella Moffat ..Its God who provides children ! God already blessed you with so many kids who you take care of !! Bless you my sister shallom

Lydia Flora Alushula …It is wrong as they do that You are a Strong and God fearing and a lovely Mheshimiwa admirable

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War On Cancer: List of prominent Kenyans who’ve died of Cancer

In a short time span, Kenya has lost two leaders – Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso – to cancer.

The two have joined a growing list of prominent Kenyans who have died of the disease that has no cure.

Some are also receiving treatment for various strains of the disease.

Over the seven weeks that Juja MP Francis Munyua was successfully treated for brain cancer in India early this year, he met 13 lawmakers also receiving chemotherapy for various cancers.

“So many people are suffering in silence from cancer. Nobody wants to talk about it because of the stigma,” Munyua said when he returned in March.

“In India, I met hundreds of cancer patients from Kenya alone. Among them were nine of my fellow MPs and four Senators,” he said.

Munyua was successfully treated, joining a small group of prominent Kenyans to go public about their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Others were not lucky and went silently.

Since 2010, at least 10 prominent Kenyans have succumbed to various types of cancer, making it the main killer among leaders in that period.

1. One such prominent leader was Prof Wangari Maathai, who left quietly at night on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital Cancer Centre.


2. After Maathai’s death, former minister and MP for Kiambaa Njenga Karume followed. He died on Friday, February 24, 2012.

Karume’s death was caused by prostate cancer which had spread and had become impossible to manage.

3. Five years later, former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua was killed by pancreatic cancer at 64 years in February 2017.

4. Other well-known Kenyans include former TV presenter Janet Kanini who succumbed to lung cancer in March 2017 after a two-year battle.

5. Former Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze, 60, passed away in December 2017 after a 10-year battle with colon cancer.

6. In December the same year, Harvard professor Calestous Juma died after a two-year battle with cancer.

7. Former Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim, 49, also passed away in April last year after succumbing to acute colon cancer.

8. And while Kenyans were mourning these leaders, former Migori Senator Ben Oluoch, 55,  died in June last year after a protracted battle with throat cancer.

9. Former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization chairperson Jane Kiano, 74, succumbed to lung cancer in October last year at the Nairobi Hospital.

10. Other Kenyans who succumbed to the disease are Jonathan Toroitich who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on April 20 this year at Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

11. More recently was former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, 61, who died peacefully at home on July 1.

He had been treated of acute myeloma leukemia, cancer that does not form tumours.

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‘She was in so much pain’ Raila whispers about Joyce Laboso

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has revealed that contrary to what people might think, Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso was a woman in pain.

Joyce, as she is fondly known, had been battling cancer for years. Raila is among the people who had visited her while she was hospitalized abroad.

I visited her in London and we talked about so many things,after that she was taken to India and then she was brought to Nairobi Hospital.

Joyce Laboso
Joyce Laboso with her husband Edwin (seated) and her sons

10 days ago I visited her while here in the ICU.

She could not recognize me and she was in so much pain.

To the entire Laboso family ,Bomet people we stand with you ,.May God rest her soul in perfect peace.

In Conclusion Raila says

I would urge the government to act quickly and put up centres for cancer treatment all over the country.

So that citizens can go anytime and get tested.

Laboso’s husband Edwin revealed that the reason why they kept her condition a secret was because she did not want her ailment to affect her work.

joyce labosos husband

We have to be strong for her,she has suffered for long but we kept it under wraps she did not want it to deter her plans and duties.

We can only reciprocate that by being strong for her in this moment, Give the family to mourn her.

To my family we have to be strong for her.

You have given her such great support against all odds and we are grateful for that.

But for now please allow the family to mourn.

I know you are all sad about her passing but please let us mourn Joyce.

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The last words Joyce Laboso spoke to DP William Ruto


Deputy President William Ruto has revealed that among the last wishes of Bomet governor was for her to go home to her family and her constituents.

BREAKING NEWS: Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso is Dead

Speaking yesterday after viewing Laboso’s body at the Lee Funeral Home, William Ruto said

When I came to see Joyce on Sunday she asked me about what was going on in Bomet,She asked me whether she could.

The husband Edwin has been very special because they have been by her side, all the while.

William Ruto addresses journalists at the Lee Funeral Home

Edwin and I told her all she had to do was focus on getting well and give opportunities to doctors to look after her.

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William Ruto added

Unfortunately she has left us, With the level of medicine she had to be given to overcome the pain I think God has finally rested Joyce.

The family has been very strong.

Ruto went on to add

Many people did not know what was going on with Joyce because she was brave and did not want anything to come between her and her work for the people of Bomet.

‘She had all the time for you’ Maina Kageni reminisces meeting Joyce Laboso

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‘She had all the time for you’ Maina Kageni reminisces meeting Joyce Laboso

The late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso died Monday 29th July.

Laboso succumbed to cancer at the Nairobi Hospital.

She had been admitted at the facility’s ICU  last week after her arrival from India where she was receiving treatment.

BREAKING NEWS: Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso is Dead

Laboso had left the country on May 29 for the United Kingdom (Royal Madden NHS hospital) where she stayed before being transferred for further treatment in India.

Classic 105’s Maina Kageni paid tribute to her, and asked that Kenyans speak out about how Cancer is ravaging people.

She was the nicest person ever. She had such a clean heart, if you came across her and you had a god demeanor, she had all the time for you.

I saw her husband on Tv and I thought oh my gosh, he is so strong.

joyce laboso addesssing

Over the ages, human kind has gone through plaques, this is the plaque of our time. We lose 80 Kenyans a day to cancer and that’s the craziest thing about it, and it’s not just her, it’s all over the world

RIP: Millie Odhiambo’s glowing eulogy to girl pal Joyce Laboso

Cancer is the biggest killer.

Maina also sought to start debate around the disease and asked listeners some challenging questions:

It’s the most painful thing ever. You hear 50 per cent of bed occupancy in India are Kenyans, and this morning I want us to have our early morning chat.

Does it worry you? Have you gone for screening, everyone has cancer cells, what are you feeding yours?

Have you been screening and does the statistics worry you? If not are there any fears you’ve got? If we don’t talk about it, information will never pass on.

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RIP: Millie Odhiambo’s glowing eulogy to girl pal Joyce Laboso


Joyce Labosos was a powerful lady who knew no limits in her abilities.

These are part of the glowing words Kenyans are describing the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, who died Monday afternoon.

The late Laboso died at the age of 58, after a long battle with cancer.

Her close girl pal MP Millie Odhiambo has also penned down a moving tribute.

The two were invited earlier this year to the JKL show on Citizen TV where they had a happy interview.

Millie wrote

Nothing i can say now… Am afraid God help us. Go well girl.

Muranga woman rep Sabina Chege who was also in the same interview wrote

At different times we are born to this world and we make different friends. We later go back to our eternal home at different times.
Greatly saddened by the demise of my sister, friend, colleague leader and Bomet Governor H.E Dr. Joyce Laboso.
It is so sad that today was your time to leave us.
Not easy for me to say it is well……
Rest with the angels Joyce. Your body is lifeless but your legacy lives on.

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Millie Odhiambo, Joyce Laboso, Jeff Koinange on Citizen TV

Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru also penned down her tribute saying

 I will miss her warmth, laughter, friendship and steadfast support. She was a phenomenal wife, mother, sister, & friend.