The Kenyan government has said that Bishop Cornelius Korir will be accorded a state funeral in honor of his contribution to the peace in the country.
Deputy President William Ruto made this known on Sunday while attending a special mass in memory of the deceased at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Eldoret.
“The President has ordered that the government together with the Catholic Bishops organize Bishop Korir’s burial since he played a major role in advising the government and uniting Kenyans across the country and he also delivered more than his call in the church,” said Ruto.
“Korir was a nationalist who worked for peace throughout his life. He always worked for the good of the country,” he added.
Bishop Cornelius Korir will be buried on Saturday, November 11th, inside the Sacred Heart Cathedral church as it is the tradition of the Catholic Church to do so when a bishop dies in office.
“A bishop who dies while in office is buried within the cathedral because his position is very important to the church where he was the head or shepherded,” said Father William Kosgey from the Eldoret Diocese who was speaking at the Cathedral.
Father Kosgey added that the respected clergyman will be laid to rest inside the cathedral within a small chapel located near his official seat, which has the statue of Maria.
The burial site indicates that even in death, the bishop maintains a spiritual presence over the church where he served.
Preparations have already begun into the digging of the gravesite with Engineers present to help navigate structures.
Archbishop of Nyeri Anthony Muheria along with Bishop Phillip Anyollo of Homa Bay who has been in Eldoret since Korir died was involved in identifying the burial site. Bishop Korir’s family was also involved.
The funeral will be held at the Eldoret Sports Club with a good number of local and international guests expected t attend.