Leaders in Uasin Gishu and neighbouring Counties flocked the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret to pay tribute to Bishop Cornelius Korir who died Monday.
Led by Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, the leaders termed the loss as a blow to the North Rift fraternity and the country at large.
Chemno said the late Bishop was a peace crusader when the County was facing a political storm during the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV).
Bishop Korir always called conflicting parties to hold dialogue for the sake of peace, he said.
Chemno said Bishop Korir also played a major role in accommodating over 10,000 IDPs at the Eldoret Cathedrals compound during Post-Election Violence.
As a county we pledge to reward the late Bishop by always upholding peace, said Chemno.
Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos described the late Bishop Korir as a unifying factor in wrangles between the Marakwet and Pokots over cattle rustling.
Other leaders who sent their messages of condolences include Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Silas Tiren (Moiben).
Addressing the press at the church grounds, Bishop Phillip Anyolo of the Homabay Catholic Diocese said the late Korir had developed a cough after a long journey in Europe.
He said the bishop sought treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
We are sad about the sudden death of Bishop Korir. I request all people of goodwill to pray for his soul to rest in eternity, said Bishop Anyolo.
Meanwhile, catholic faithfuls thronged the Eldoret Cathedral on Monday 1pm for a mass in memory of the late Bishop.
The Bishop, 67, will be remembered for preaching peace and his tireless efforts in calling upon citizens and political leaders to embrace peace especially during the electioneering period.
Source: Kenya News Agency