Hun­dreds turn up to view body of Bishop Korir in El­doret town

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY BRENDA GA­MONDE AND DEN­NIS LUBANGA

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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