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Monday, 30 October 2017

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7 things to know about bishop Cornelius Korir

1.Bishop Cornelius Korir was born in 1950 at Segutiet Bomet District, Kericho Diocese. He was appointed bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret on April 4, 1990 by Pope John Paul II and consecrated on June 2, 1990.
2.In 2012, Korir made history by becoming the first bishop to be awarded an honorary degree by a civil public university in Kenya.
Moi University, based in Eldoret, awarded him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature during its 28th Congregation Graduation Ceremony on December 7, 2012.
3.He was honoured for his contribution towards peace building and conflict resolution especially in the upper rift region that has always been rocked by violence just before or after each General Election since 1992.

4.He once triggered debate among Catholic bishops in the surprise attendance at the Eldoret meeting of members of the Kalenjin, Maasai, Turkana and Samburu (Kamatusa) communities to anoint Eldoret North MP William Ruto to run for president. Bishop Korir was among the bishops present during the ordination in Ngong.
5. He narrated his experiences exemplarily in his book ‘Amani Mashinani’ meaning peace at the grass-roots, where the people most affected by violence live. He has an experience of working as a peace builder on a larger public scale for a period spanning 22 years.
6.Bishop Korir also holds a Baccalaureate Degree in theology from Urbaniana Pontifical University (Rome) and a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from Maynooths St Patricks College, Ireland.

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