Kenyans devastated by Kofi Annan’s death. Here’s why

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Former UN secretary general Kofi Anan watches as Opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki shake hands outside Harambee House, after brokering a peace deal in 2008 following post-election violence
Former UN secretary general Kofi Anan watches as Opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki shake hands outside Harambee House, after brokering a peace deal in 2008 following post-election violence

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
Kofi Annan

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.

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan

Here’s how they reacted to the sad news;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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