As Kenyans were waiting for IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to declare Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the repeat poll yesterday, they were instead hit by sad news of the death of Bishop Cornelius Korir.

Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir of the Eldoret Catholic Diocese died on Monday morning while receiving treated at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. He was set to be flown to Karen hospital in Nairobi later for specialized treatment.

His passing has been mourned by the who’s who across the political divide including retired former president Daniel arap Moi.

He 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,” said Moi.

Moi also noted Korir’s efforts in bringing communities together.

“He valued peaceful co-existence and worked tirelessly to bring people together,” Moi said.

The former Head of State also prayed to God to give the family of Bishop Korir necessary fortitude to bear the loss.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also shared his condolence message saying he was deeply saddened by the death of Bishop Korir, describing him as a great religious leader and an excellent peacemaker.

“I join the Catholic Church in mourning a great religious leader whose exemplary service calls for emulation by others,” President Uhuru said.

Born in 1950 at Segutiet Bomet District, Kericho Diocese, Korir was ordained Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret on June 2, 1990, when the diocese had 50 parishes.

Korir was then consecrated as Bishop on June 2, 1990. But what stood out in Bishop Korir’s 25 years of episcopal ministry in Eldoret was his role in peacekeeping.

Bishop had called for dialogue between the Jubilee government and the opposition to end the political tension in the country.

Bishop Korir presided over an unprecedented increase in church membership along with growth in the education and health sectors with the Catholic Church putting up several schools and hospitals in his region.

He served in Molo, Kituro and Nakuru before taking up the role of Vocations Director and Episcopal Vicar at the Diocese of Kericho.