Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. AFP PHOTOFormer United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. AFP PHOTO
By ERIC MATARA and AFP

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr Kenyatta said: “In this moment of sorrow, I condole with his family, relatives and friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to them as they come to terms with this sad news.”

Mr Annan died Saturday in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, after a short illness.

Other leaders who have sent condolence messages are ODM party leader Raila Odinga and former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Mr Odinga acknowledged Mr Annan’s role in helping Kenya pull itself out of the 2007/2008 post-election violence pit it had sunk itself into.