By Lourine Oluoch
You cannot go through the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret without feeling the lingering presence of the late Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir (1990-2017). Many remember him as the peace crusader, who for years, worked tirelessly to foster peace among communities living in the North Rift.
He often referred to himself as the bishop of ethnic clashes; he got appointed to the diocese in 1990, at the height of the agitation for democracy and multipartism in Kenya. The first democratic election of 1992, and subsequent ones of 1997, 2007 and 2012 often pitted ethnic groups against each other ending up in violence.
Peace-building would make up a big part of his apostolate for the 27 years he was bishop of Eldoret diocese that covers Elgeyo Markwet, Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties.