, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Council of Governors Chairman Josphat Nanok says Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir who died Monday will be remembered as the unsung hero, especially on peace.
In his message of condolences, Nanok who is also the Turkana Governor recalled how Bishop Korir played a key role in restoration of peace in the North Rift during the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
“Bishop Korir, former Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, was a local and national peacemaker. Among the warring pastoralists’ communities in Northern Kenya, he preached inter-tribe harmony while at the national level he was instrumental in stabilising the country during the 1992 tribal clashes in Burnt Forest and 2007/2008 Post Election Violence in Kenya.”
“The late Bishop had bequeathed humanity, deep compassion, education, peace and generally caring for the less fortunate in the society. He was an unsung hero whose selfless actions touched many lives; with his passing on, humankind is poorer,” he said.
The Eldoret Catholic Bishop died early Monday morning aged 67.
NASA leader Raila Odinga said Bishop Korir has been one of the nation’s leading moral lights and voices of reason who also did outstanding work with many communities and through such service, touched the lives of countless Kenyans.
“Nothing we do or say now can replace the gentle heart and humble determination that Bishop Korir brought to our country and to some of the most pressing challenges we face as a nation. It is however our prayer that his spirit may live on through the faithful and friends that he touched,” read a statement from the former Prime Minister.