Kenyan leaders joined the rest of the world in eulogizing former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who died on Saturday while receiving treatment in Switzerland.
The international community has lost an outstanding, remarkable and suave diplomat in Kofi Annan, a former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate. We mourn a distinguished man and a friend of humanity.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 18, 2018
Those who sent their condolence include Deputy President William Ruto, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, all acknowledging the important role Annan played in brokering peace in the country during the 2007/8 post election violence.
Kenyans are indebted to this Gentleman. My late fathers library has records of his tireless & selfless efforts to broker peace in Kenya in 2008. We may have taken these matters for granted but the country has changed for the better . May his soul Rest In Peace https://t.co/NUG8WbEiRY
— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) August 18, 2018
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 18, 2018
Meanwhile in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday declared a week of mourning for the late former UN chief and Nobel laureate.
I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August, 2018, for one week.
Rest in perfect peace, Kofi. You have earned it. God bless. 7/7
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) August 18, 2018
In a statement, President Nana described Annan as an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course on to the path of progress and prosperity
“The Government and people of Ghana, First Lady Rebecca and I are deeply saddened by the news of the death, in Berne, Switzerland, of one of our greatest compatriots, Mr. Kofi Annan,” read the statement.