Kofi Annan’s sudden demise has shocked the world and his homeland, Ghana, but Kenyan’s are devastated.
The former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) died on Saturday, August 18, in Berne, Switzerland after a short illness.
His family and the Kofi Annan Foundation confirmed the news in a statement released on Twitter saying ‘he passed away peacefully’ while his family was with him.
Immediately the statement was released, Kenyans jumped on the tweet, expressing their sadness and reflecting on his efforts in bringing peace to their country.
Kofi Annan is very influential in Kenya for the peace deal he brokered between Ex-President Mwai Kibaki and Ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga that ended the post-election turmoil in 2008.
He led the Panel of Eminent African Personalities convened by the African Union in the negotiations that ended the post-election violence following the disputed December 27, 2007 elections.
This and many other reasons why Kofi Annan is loved by Kenyans.
Here’s how they reacted to the sad news;
Every kenyan Remembers Annan during his peace movements in Kenya in 2007/2008. Were it not for you, our country would have been brought down to ashes, We celebrate and Loved You Annan, You have a place not only in Kenyans hearts But also the entire world. Rest in Peace Annan
— CYMoH ™ 🌬🇰🇪 ||Jesus Saves|| (@ProfCymOh254_) August 18, 2018
Ohhh Noooo😭😭😭 As Kenyans we will forever remember Annan as the man who brought peace to our country when the country was falling apart as a result of the 2007 Post election violence. A great diplomat. Thank you and rest in power!
— Aadoo Di Ozzo (@Aadozo) August 18, 2018
Africa has indeed lost an icon. He lived a life worth celebrating nonetheless. He was an inspiration to millions, a champion of the African dream.
RIP Kofi Annan
— nyachaevictor🇰🇪 (@NyachaeVictor) August 18, 2018
No words! This is an African and global loss. May Tue good Lord strengthen your family and comrades. Kenya will forever be thankful for what you did for us back in 2007/2008.#RestInPeaceKoffiAnnan
— Kwale Gooner 🇰🇪 (@Sam_Lulli) August 18, 2018
— Being Charlie 🇰🇪 (@BeingCharlie) August 18, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kofi Annan
— KIPCHUMBA 🇰🇪 (@iamkipchumba) August 18, 2018
His greatest achievement must go on record as saving Kenya at the blink of doom following an ugly rigged general elections 2007/08. In his honor, humans/ leaders need to uphold a high sense of integrity. Sadly, we haven’t learnt anything since then. May his soul rest well.
— Kung’u ka Wambui (@BanditEconomy) August 18, 2018
There are personality brands that made the world and Africa replete with greatness, power and peace. Amongst them was Kofi Annan. The finest Diplomat and Stateman. The world indeed will miss a bridge builder and matchless global citizen.😭😭😭😭😭😭 #RIPKofiAnnan
— Kester Osahenye (@kestero) August 18, 2018