Mon. Apr 6th, 2020

Mortal Remains of Kofi Annan leaves Geneva to Accra

The mortal remains of Former United Nations Secretary-General, Busumuru Kofi Annan has set off on a UN plane from Geneva, Switzerland to Accra.

His wife and children, together with some UN officials accompanied the casket which was covered in a UN flag.

A brief ceremony would be held at the Kotoka International Airport, when the body arrives in Accra and will led by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Kofi Annan died at age 80 in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, August 18, surrounded by his wife, Nane Maria and their children.

Kofi Annan was reported to have fallen ill after he returned from the 100th anniversary celebration of the birth of Nelson Mandela, former South African President.

He was hospitalised in Geneva and later airlifted to the Swiss capital, Bern, where he died peacefully.

He died at the age of 80 on Saturday, 18 August 2018 and will be accorded a state burial. His body will be interred at the new Military Cemetery in Accra on September 13, 2018 after burial service at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Wednesday, September 12.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, member of the Kofi Annan Funeral Planning Committee, who is also the Minister of Information designate, has disclosed an outline of funeral programme.

He said that the general public would be given the opportunity to file past the remains on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

He also indicated that dignitaries, including chiefs, Members of Parliament (MPs), ministers of state, and members of the diplomatic corps would file past the body on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.