>> Former UN Chief Kofi Annan, laid to rest on Thursday during a full state funeral in Accra in Ghana. The Nobel peace laureate died last month in a Swiss hospital at the age of 80. Leaving behind a global legacy of a dedicated humanitarian and advocate for world peace.
And an image of the ultimate diplomat and inspiration for Africans.>> Children's rights and the eradication of global poverty. These were the themes that come top of mind when the name Kofi Annan is mentioned for us here as South Africans.>> But those feelings are not universal. Not least in Rwanda.
> No Rwandis should follow Kofi Annan's legacy. Why, because he left a bad legacy, he was a bad seed, one that does not even deserve to be planted.>> In 1994, Annan was the head of UN peacekeeping. And later acknowledged he should have done more to help prevent the Rwandan genocide that saw the slaughter of 800,000 people.
>> Probably genocide could have been averted. That is what most Rwandans I think remember with Kofi Annan. Around 6,000 mourners packed the auditorium at Thursday's official service, the climax to the multiday funeral ceremony. His coffin draped in the Ghanaian national colors had been on display for public viewing since Tuesday.
In his homeland at least, Kofi Annan remains a national hero.