Last week, in her capacity as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Nairobi, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, signed the condolence book for former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan who died on 18 August.
The 80-year old was the only black African to occupy the position and he passed away peacefully at hospital in the Swiss city of Bern following a ‘short illness’.
Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.
He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a solution to the conflict.
In his condolence message, President Kenyatta described Annan as a great son of Africa.
“The Government and the people of Kenya join the people of Africa and the international community in remembering his remarkable service to the world,” a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
“In this regard, the people of Kenya are grateful to him for the critical role he played as a mediator during the 2008 post-election crisis.”
The President has nominated National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi as his special envoy for the burial in Ghana on September 13.