Disband vigilante groups to honour Kofi Annan – Bombande

Security analyst Emmanuel Bombande has called on political parties in the country to disband vigilante groups in honour of the late Dr Kofi Annan.

The former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister maintained that government officials, citizenry and the international community considered the late diplomat as one who fought for peace in Africa and the world at large.

He said the international community deemed Dr Kofi Annan as a person coming from a peaceful country.

It is on that score that he pleaded with government to tackle the insecurities fueled by vigilante groups in the country.

“If we indeed back his fight for peace, let demonstrate it by discouraging vigilantism in the country.

“We are here in our numbers to pay our last respect to Dr Kofi Annan, someone who championed peace. So we must back it with actions, by disbanding these groups,” he said on the sidelines of the funeral rites of the late Dr Kofi Annan on Wednesday.

Kofi Annan, a former Secretary General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006 died after brief illness in Switzerland on August 18, 2018.

The remains of the late diplomat arrived in the country on Monday September 10.

The general public on Tuesday, 11 September, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00pm filed past the body to pay their last respects to the statesman.

On Wednesday, 12 September, dignitaries including recognised groups, chiefs, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State and world leaders, took their turn to pay their last respects to the former UN boss.

His burial service will be held on Thursday morning followed by a private burial at the new military cemetery with full military honours and a 17-gun salute.

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