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End of an era as Church Of God bishop dies at 88

He leaves behind over 700,000 followers from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

In Summary

• Grace Makokha, the widow, said the Archbishop was admitted to the hospital on  on July 25 with high blood pressure, which was treated.

•  The bishop was to be discharged on August 1 but he later on developed a muscle problem and he had to go for surgery

The late Bishop Byrum Makokha in a past event.
Vihiga The late Bishop Byrum Makokha in a past event.
Image: MARTIN OMBIMA

The East African Church of God has marked the end of an era following the death of Archbishop Byrum Makokha who passed on Wednesday morning.

Makokha died aged 88 at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.

Grace Makokha, the widow, said the Archbishop was admitted to the hospital on July 25 with high blood pressure, which was treated.

 

“The bishop was to be discharged on August 1 but he later on developed a muscle problem and he had to go for surgery,” Grace told the Star.

“The surgery went on successfully and the wound had even recovered," she added.

She said the medical team requested for a CT scan to confirm if Makokha had fully recovered.

"Unfortunately, the CT scan detected another complication," she said.

“The scan now showed that Mzee was having lung issues, where the two of them were having water. So they had to conduct tuberculosis tests,” she said.

Grace said he, unfortunately, succumbed before the results were out.

He died while still at the helm of the church.

 

The church has its headquarters at Kima, Luanda constituency in Vihiga county with over 700,000 followers from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The church has been on the frontline in establishing learning centres in Western region such as Emusire Boys', Mwilila Boys', Ebulonga Mixed, Mumboha Mixed, Ibubi Girls' and Bunyore Girls', among others.