Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has eulogised departed Catholic priest Fr Christopher Wanyonyi as an icon and dedicated servant of God.
Describing him as an astute administrator and a firm leader who spoke truth to power, Governor Wangamati says he will remember Fr Wanyonyi as a firm, no-nonsense priest who never hesitated to confront the ills in society and called out leaders to level up to their roles in society.
“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,” says Governor Wangamati.
Through his vast networks as clergy, Fr Wanyonyi helped sponsor hundreds of children in Bungoma County ranging from primary, high school and up to tertiary level.
“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. 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.”
The outspoken Catholic priest reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications at an Eldoret hospital on Sunday night, August 8.
He started ailing on July 1 and was treated at a hospital in Kakamega after reportedly exhibiting respiratory complications. He was transferred to Bungoma West Hospital and later to Eldoret.