20 August 2018. The Ghana Contingent serving with the United Nations Peace Support Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has on Monday, 20 August 2018 held a memorial ceremony in honour of the late Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
The ceremony which was held at Ghanaian Battalion (GHANBATT) Headquarters in Kinshasa and led by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Baba Pantoah, gave troops the opportunity to show their recognition to the service of the Seventh Secretary General who served for two terms between 1997 and 2006.
In a tribute, the Contingent Commander and the Commander of Western Sector, MONUSCO, Brigadier General Emmanuel Kotia eulogized the late Kofi Annan as a humble man. He added that the late Secretary General exhibited good humour, courtesy and charm throughout his public life. He displayed enormous wisdom and strength; and was a role model to aspiring young men and women leaders globally,” he said.
Prayers were said for the soul of the late Kofi Annan. The Last Post was sounded, while troops observed a minute silence. The ceremony ended with the sounding of the Reveille after which the UN, Ghana and GHANBATT Flags were hoisted at half-mast in honour of Mr Annan. The Flags would continue to fly at half-mast until Sunday, 26 August 2018 as a sign of respect to the late Kofi Annan who is also a noble Statesman of Ghana.
Kofi Annan died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland on Saturday, 18 August, 2018.