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Bungoma Residents Mourn The Death Of Popular But Controversial Catholic Priest

A popular but controversial Catholic priest in Bungoma is dead.

Fr. Christopher Wanyonyi of Christ the king cathedral Church in Bungoma town died from the global pandemic Covid-19 in an Eldoret hospital.

Fr.Wanyonyi has been in Intensive Care Unit and HDU in one of the Kakamega's hospital's before he was transferred to Bungoma West hospital in Kanduyi where he was recuperating.

According to one of the Priests, Fr.Wanyonyi was recently rushed to one of the best hospitals in Eldoret town after his health changed all of a sudden again.

"He was in HDU at Bungoma West Hospital but recuperated well, his health changed suddenly and we rushed him to Eldoret but we just lost him, it is a sad day," said the Priest who asked for anonymity.

The no nonsense Priest, Fr.Wanyonyi was very instrumental in the construction of the largest Church, the Christ the King Cathedral that cost Catholic faithfuls over Sh100 million.

He also set up the Christ the King academy that has continued to perform very well in KCPE and has produced thousands of bright students who joined big and well known secondary schools.

He was very key in negotiating peace among politicians and would not miss to rebuke them whenever they messed up.

He was among the religious leaders in Bungoma who always condemned bad behaviour and would always tell off those who misbehaved in public.

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati "I have learnt with extreme shock and devastation the passing on of Fr Christopher Wanyonyi of Christ the King Cathedral Bungoma. Fr Wanyonyi is an icon, a dedicated servant of God, an astute administrator and a firm leader who spoke truth to power,"

He said "I will remember Fr. Wanyonyi as a firm, no-nonsense priest who never hesitated to confront the ills in our society and called out leaders to level up to their roles in society.

He added, "While he served as a priest, Fr. Wanyonyi also expended all his energies to champion the education of our children. That Christ the King Primary School is one of the best schools in the country speaks of Fr Wanyonyi not just as an administrator but also a consummate educationist at heart,". 

Wangamati revealed that through his vast networks, Fr Wanyonyi sponsored hundreds of children of Bungoma from primary, through high school and up to university.

"As a manager, he mobilised funds and supervised the construction of several churches in Bungoma among them the magnificent Christ the King Cathedral which was only opened in May this year,". He said.

He said, I mourn a friend. I mourn a compass I would look at to know how best to serve the people of Bungoma. I mourn a servant of God by whose prayers and counsel I am who I am today. 

Bungoma County has lost a fearless leader, a father-figure to many in the church and beyond, a man dedicated and committed to serving God.  

I send my deepest condolences and those of my family and of the people of Bungoma County to his family and friends and to the Catholic faithfuls of Christ the King Cathedral and to the larger Catholic family.

May the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.

Bungoma Woman Rep Catherine Wambilianga wrote; "Rev. Fr. Wanyonyi was a very passionate, dedicated and a no-nonsense servant of God.He was one of the best priests Bungoma Diocese ever had,".

She continued "Being a strict disciplinarian, he was an inspiration and mentor to many children, especially those that schooled at Christ the King Academy!,".

Wambilianga said that my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the Catholic fraternity at large; may the Almighty God grant them strength through these trying moments.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Ndivisi Ward MCA wrote Martin Wanyonyi wrote, Fr.Wanyonyi was a true faith leader whose sermons were authentic, targeted, rich and thought-provoking.

"He was a dedicated Samaritan and industrious figure who zealously offered divine counsel to the community. Past the pulpit, he uplifted the lives of the vulnerable," he said. 

The Ward leader continued, "Our thoughts are with the family, their loved ones and the Catholic church fraternity during this painful time. Rest In Peace Papa,".

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