President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have led the nation in mourning Bishop Cornelius Korir of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret.
Bishop Korir was pronounced dead this morning at his Eldoret home and his body was taken to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
Known to be a peacemaker, the clergyman is said to have passed on following a short illness. He died aged 67.
Confirming his death, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Bishop Philip Anyolo said there were plans to transfer Bishop Korir to Nairobi for further treatment.
“He was supposed to travel to Karen Hospital in Nairobi this morning but when Father went to check on him, it was confirmed that he had passed on,” Bishop Anyolo told the press on Monday.
Until his death, Korir served as the chairman of the Catholic Peace and Justice Commission and will be remembered for being vocal on matters touching on public interest.
In a condolence message on Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned Bishop Cornelius Korir and described him as a great and an excellent peacemaker.
“I join the Catholic Church in mourning a great religious leader whose exemplary service calls for emulation by others,” President Kenyatta said.
“In this hour of sorrow, and on behalf of the people and Government of Kenya, I convey my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Catholic church, and the family and friends of the late Bishop Korir.”
Deputy President William Ruto described Korir as an icon of peace, who preached togetherness and unity.
"Heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the Church following the passing on of Bishop Cornelius Korir. An icon of peace, Bishop Korir dedicated his life to preaching peaceful coexistence and harmonious relationships among communities. He used the pulpit to minister forgiveness, reconciliation and unity," Ruto said.
"Bishop Korir was an adored, respected and revered church elder whose wise counsel was sought by his flock and the country at large. He spoke his mind and did not hesitate to criticise and correct. Bishop Korir leaves a rich legacy of sowing the seeds of love, friendship and brotherhood. May his soul Rest In Peace."