The Late Bishop of Eldoret and the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)-Catholic and Justice Commission (CJPC) Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir has been eulogized as a peace loving person and Shepard who loved the people.
In an exclusive interview with Waumini News Today ,the Vice Chairman of KCCB-CJPC and the Archbishop of Mombasa Most Rev. Martin Kivuva said that, Bishop Korir was committed in ensuring that peace prevails in the country at all times and in the waring communities.
“He was always available when called to mediate and for meetings that would ensure that there is a peaceful co-existence in the communities and in the country. He bravely went to war zones to quell violence perpetuated by tribal clashes. I remember one time he got a recognition award by Moi University as an Ambassador for peace,”said Archbishop Kivuva.
The archbishop revealed that the late Bishop had been very instrumental in mediating for peace during this year’s Kenyan general election as he played a major role in chairing Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) with the main aim of bringing peace in the Country.
“He had to fly in from Eldoret to Nairobi whenever he was required to attend the meetings. May the will of God be done because, this is a man who has worked so hard to see a peaceful Nation. No one can fit into his big shoes,” Archbishop Kivuva said.
He added that, the Late Bishop Korir held talks with the two principles His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition leader Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga on separate occasions calling for end of the election stalemate that has shaken the peace in Kenya, assuring Kenyans that, the Bishops will not to tire in search for peace and to always put people in a round table for discussion.
“Even as he passes on, we need to sit down as leaders of different political divides, different communities and as Kenyans to find a lasting solution to our differences,” he said.
Archbishop Kivuva referred to the Late Bishop Korir as a Kenyan hero who should be recognized internationally for his never ending peace initiatives.
“His weapon has been through love and dialogue, he treated everyone as a brother and even hosted refugees of every kind in his compound during the 2007/8 post-election violence,” he said.
Meanwhile, on his Facebook page, Eldoret Communications Director Rev. Fr. Fredrick Njoroge posted, “Yesterday was the saddest day in our Diocese of Eldoret when we woke up to the news of the death of My Bishop and mentor Rt. Rev. Dr Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir. He was a Kenyan hero of Peace, Justice Reconciliation and a unifier of all people’s. He fought with a lot of passion against tribalism one of the greatest evils in our country. May his soul rest in God’s Eternal Peace and Love. We shall miss him. We shall fight to work for the food that endures to Eternal Life.”
At the KCCB General Secretariat, staff gathered for prayers hours after the announcement. Led by the General Secretary of KCCB, Very. Rev. Daniel Kimutai Rono and his deputy Very Rev. Lucas Ong’esa Manwa, the staff mourned and prayed for the soul of Bishop Korir to rest in peace and for all the people that the Bishop served that they may find strength in the Lord during this difficult moment.
Family Life National Office Mrs Theresa Abuya who has been working with the conference since 1983, says she has interacted with Bishop Korir in different circumstances as a teacher and as an employee of the Secretariat saying that, he was a mentor and a spiritual father who cared for everyone.
“On several occasions he has been truly a spiritual shepherd, when you get to his Diocese, he will ensure you are well accommodated and spiritually, he will assign a priest to celebrate mass to the guests every morning, even if you schedule Mass at 6.00 am, he will ensure that Mass if offered at that time,” said Mrs Abuya.
Mrs Abuya said the Church has lost a hero adding that the Late Bishop Korir has been a Shephard who really wanted to unite Kenya at hard times especially during the current Kenyan elections he played a very big role to ensure that peace prevails in the Country. “Kenyans we have lost a great person,” she said.
She is appealing to all Kenyans and people of good will to pray for the repose of the Bishop’s soul.
“We have fond memories of his administration during his tenure as the Chairman of KCCB and we thank God for the moment that he was our leader as he has been a God fearing shepherd whom we should emulate,” she said.
KCCB-CJPC Administrative Secretary Beth Kinyua expressed shock at the death of Bishop Korir. “I had just written an email to him, inviting him for a meeting that he was to attend before the sad news broke that he had passed on,”Kinyua recalls.
She remembers Bishop Korir’s humility and commitment to mediating for peace always, especially in the warring communities like marakwet adding that he has left a big gap.
By Rose Achiengo