11 June 2011

Kenya: Kones Family to Conduct Minister's Third Anniversary

The family of the late Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones will today conduct prayers to commemorate his third anniversary at Kaporuso Farm, Bomet. Kones and former home assistant minister Lorna Laboso died in a plane crash at Kojonga village in Narok North district on June 10,

2008. Both were heading to Ainamoi constituency, Kericho County, to drum up support for ODM parliamentary candidate Benjamin Langa't in a by-election. The seat fell vacant after MP Kimutai Too was shot dead in Eldoret.

The Labosos held their memorial service yesterday at Manaret Farm in Sotik. Widow Beatrice Kones, the assistant minister for Home Affairs, retained her husband's Bomet seat in a by-election while Lorna Laboso was succeeded by elder sister Joyce Laboso in Sotik. Kones said family, friends and relatives will assemble at their Kaporuso home today morning starting 9.30am. The family has bought a 10-acre property near their home on which a primary school will be built in memory of the late minister. "Construction work of the Kipkalya Kones Foundation school will commence soon and once completed, children from poor families and orphans will enjoy free education whereas those from able families will pay fees," she said.

She thanked her family and constituents for their support after the tragedy and after voting for her in the by-election. The Labosos have established Lorna Foundation to provide hope and improve the lives of the less fortunate. "The objectives of the foundation is to raise funds from well wishers, individuals and charitable organizations to finance its activities.

The foundation has spent more than Sh3million to pay fees for more than 230 bright students from poor families both in secondary schools and colleges," Laboso said. Their main agenda is to empower girls through education because the late Laboso was a role model to many young girls by being the first woman elected MP in the area.

The MP revealed the foundation is vetting needy students in every division so their fees can be paid. They also campaign against FMG. The Sotik MP disclosed that the foundation will raise money to finance its programmes.

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