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How the world bid farewell to Kofi Annan (photos) – Politics – Pulselive.co.ke

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World leaders, distinguished diplomats, African Presidents and ordinary Ghanaians alike today all converged at Accra, Ghana to bid farewell to Kofi Annan, one of the most distinguished diplomat and the first black African to hold the United Nations secretary-general post.

Mourners
dressed in traditional black and red attire filled the main hall of the Accra
Conference Centre, which sits about 4,000 people and others watched the funeral
proceedings on a giant screen in an auditorium just outside the hall.

The
former queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix, and her daughter-in-law
Princess Mabel, who were close friends of Annan, were among the mourners.


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Clergymen pray over the coffin of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, draped with Ghana’s flag. (Fox News)

 

As the
funeral proceeding went on, millions of mourners worldwide followed the
proceeding online and kept sending their condolences.

 

Speaking
at the funeral, current UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said Annan was an
exceptional leader who saw the UN as a force for good.

As we face the headwinds of our troubled and
turbulent times, let us always be inspired by the legacy of Kofi Annan
,” Mr Guterres said.

“Our
world needs it now more than ever,”
he added.


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Current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, pays his respects by the coffin (Fox News)

 

Ghana’s
President Nana Akufo-Addo described Annan as “one of the truly iconic
figures of modern times”.

The outpouring of tributes from the world over is
an accurate measure of the man, a man who gave his life to making peace where
there was conflict, to defending the voiceless who were powerless, to promoting
virtue where there was evil,”

he said.

The
Anglican bishop of Annan’s home city of Kumasi in central Ghana, the Most
Reverend Daniel Sarfo, said Annan had fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.

“Today
history is being made in Ghana. One of our illustrious sons is lying here.

“But
we are grateful that God used him over the years to work for humanity, for
peace. Today, as he lies here, he has finished his work.”


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Mourners dressed in traditional black and red attire filled the main hall of the Accra Conference Centre, which sits about 4,000 people and others watched the funeral proceedings on a giant screen in an auditorium just outside the hall. (Prothom Alo)

 

Annan’s
nephew Kojo Amoo-Gottfried read a eulogy, describing how he had led a hunger
strike in his secondary school to protest against the quality of food in the
dining hall.

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Annan’s
widow, Swedish lawyer and artist Nane Maria Annan gave a moving tribute and described how her husband was always excited to return home.

 

She
thanked Ghana for giving the world such an extraordinary man.

His legacy would live on through his foundation
and through all of us,”
she
concluded.

Annan was
the UN secretary-general from 1997 to 2006, the first black African to hold the
world’s top diplomatic post.


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H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria at the funeral service of Kofi Annan. (Twitter)

 

He was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for helping to revitalise the
international body, during a period that coincided with the Iraq War and the
HIV/Aids pandemic.

He died
on 18 August in Switzerland at the age of 80.


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Kofi Annan died on 18 August in Switzerland at the age of 80. (amagep.)



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Better living conditions for incarcerated children and women

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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