BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH AUG 2018-The news of the unexpected death of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has hit Kenyans hard.
This is because of his outstanding efforts and commitment to unite Kenya political leaders in the past during some of the difficult moments in the country’s history.Perhaps his memories that Kenyans will not want to forget is during the 20007 and 2008 post elections violence that almost teared the country apart.It was Koffi Annan who reconciled the then president Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odimnga who had disagreed because of an election.
Eunice Njeri a resident of Nairobi’s Kawangware area say that had it not been for Koffi Anna in Kenya in 2007 today Kenya could have turned to be like Somalia or Rwanda in 1994.
(”Ni huyo Koffi Anna alisaidia wakenya mwaka wa 2007 wakati wa vita kungekuwa kubaya,mungu amrehemu. It was that Anna whose tireless efforts united Kenya during the 2007 post election,may the lord remember him.)” she says.
On his part Job Onyango a shoe repair in Kibera says the world and indeed Kenya has lost its own son.”He will be remembered from generations to generations,the people he touched are many and in the world over”.He says.
In a statement, the Kofi Annan Foundation hailed him as a global statesman, who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world.
“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness…,” reads a section of the statement.
“During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations, he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.”
Other than being the founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation, he was a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since it was founded in 2007.
The Elders was founded by the late global icon Nelson Mandela.
He has been the group’s chairperson since 2013.
According to the statement: “His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.”
Annan was born in Ghana in 1938.
He served as the seventh UN Secretary-General,between 1997 to 2006.