Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Friday that she received with great sadness news of the death of Sierra Leone's former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who died Thursday in Freetown, his country’s capital.
“President Kabbah was very active in AU and ECOWAS meetings, always bustling with very good ideas and undertaking important continental responsibilities. He will be missed,” said the Chairperson.
“Kabbah will be remembered for his determination and commitment in negotiating an end to the decade-long bloody civil war in Sierra Leone,' she said.
Dlamini Zuma recalled that during his two-term presidency, which lasted 10 years, he was steadfast in his leadership during the post-war transition period.
Before returning to national politics in Sierra Leone, Kabbah had worked for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for 22 years, serving in the United States and in many African countries.
On behalf of the AUC, the Chairperson expressed “deep condolences to the bereaved family, and the people of Sierra Leone”, said a statement issued here Friday by the Commission.