FORMER United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has died at age 80.

Former UN Boss Koffi Annan died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, according to a statement issued by his family.

The Nobel Peace Laureate, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, and became the first black African man to take on the top job as the world’s top diplomat.

The Kofi Annan Foundation, which issued a statement on social media,stating “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.”

The foundation added that his wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,” it said.

Koffi Annan will be remembered particularly in Kenya for his role in bringing to an end the 2007/8 Post election violence as a result of disputed election between Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki.


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