In Summary
  • Former President Moi said Bishop Korir was a genuine man of God who loved all people without discrimination.
  • Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr described him as a fearless critic of bad governance.
  • Bishop Korir was ordained priest by former Nairobi Archbishop Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki on November 6, 1982.

Leaders from across the country have mourned Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir who died aged 67.

Former President Daniel arap Moi said Bishop Korir was a genuine man of God who loved all people without discrimination.

"He was a humble man of God who valued humanity and justice," Mr Moi said.

He said Bishop Korir played a big role in bringing communities together.

"He valued peaceful co-existence and worked tirelessly to bring people together," the former president said.

FEARLESS CRITIC

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr joined leaders in mourning Bishop Cornelius Korir describing him as a brave leader who criticised injustice.

"He was a fearless critic of bad governance," Mr Kilonzo Jnr said in a statement.

The two had interacted during sittings of a special parliamentary committee set to revise the electoral laws in 2016 and also while trying to broker an end to the doctors' strike early 2017.

Bishop Korir died on Sunday night in his sleep at the Catholic bishop’s residence in Elgon View, Eldoret.

BISHOPS MEET

Bishop Philip Anyolo, the chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, who held a meeting with bishops from the North Rift described Bishop Korir as an epitome of peace in the country.

“Bishop Korir stood for peace. Even in death we are sure that he still stands for the same. He had great plans for this country but God had better plans for him,” said Bishop Anyolo who is also the bishop of the Homa Bay Catholic Diocese.

He called on Kenyans to embrace peace especially during the electioneering period as a sign of respect to the bishop who was preaching peace.

UNWELL

According to Bishop Anyolo, the bishop who had been unwell for some time was set to be flown to be flown Monday morning to Karen Hospital in Nairobi for specialised treatment.

“He was to fly to Nairobi later in the day but when a bishop went to check on him he was not awake. A doctor was called who confirmed that the bishop was no more. We are very saddened as a church,” said Bishop Anyolo.

Viewing of the body was scheduled for 1pm Monday and later a Eucharistic mass would be said at the Eldoret cathedral where the bishop served.

Father Sospeter Kangogo who in charge of pastoral at the Eldoret Catholic Diocese said that the bishop was like a shepherd to the Catholic Church.

“He was like a father to us. He mentored many of us and taught us the doctrines of the Catholic Church,” said father Kangogo.

LEADERS MOURN

Leaders in the North Rift among them Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos and Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said that Bishop Korir's death is a big blow to peace efforts in the banditry-prone counties in the North Rift which the bishop was spearheading.

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