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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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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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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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.

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