Hundreds turn up to view body of Bishop Korir in Eldoret town
Hundreds of Catholic faithful and other Kenyans converged yesterday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Eldoret town to view the body of the late Bishop Cornelius Korir who will be buried today.
The cortege left the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary at 11am and snaked its way to the church grounds where the bishop will be buried in accordance with the church tradition.
Business came to a standstill in Eldoret town as Kenyans lined up along the busy Uganda Road to pay their last respects to the bishop. Catholic faithful sang in low tones in honour of the fallen bishop.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and his Nandi counterpart Stephen Sang led other leaders in paying last respects to the bishop.
The public had an opportunity to view the body until 3pm before the Requiem Mass.
This was followed by six night vigil masses held by different deaneries with the first vigil beginning at 7pm and the last at 5am today.
Today, mourners will converge at Eldoret Sports Club for a burial Mass where about 100,000 people, among them President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are expected to attend.
Father Fredrick Njoroge who is in charge of communications at Eldoret Catholic Diocese said that the body will leave the church at 8am for Eldoret Sports Club grounds where a burial Mass is expected to start at 10am and end at midday.
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