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The IGAD Executive Secretary Amb(Eng.) Mahboub Maalim extended a message of deep condolences on the untimely passing of Mr. Samuel K. Maina who was Head of the National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management (NSC) and Head of CEWARN's national Conflict Early Warning and Response Unit (CEWERU) in Kenya.

The Message conveyed to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Maina reads:

On behalf of the IGAD family and my own behalf I want to express my deepest condolences to you on the passing of Mr. Samuel K Maina. Mr. Maina was a valued colleague and partner to IGAD and we are profoundly shocked and saddened by the news of his untimely passing.

Mr. Maina has been amongst the longest standing members of IGAD’s national partner offices in Kenya through IGAD’s Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN). Mr. Maina was a charismatic leader; always a warm and hospitable host to the IGAD family as well as a personal colleague and friend to many.

He has led the National Steering Committee (NSC) and CEWARN's national Conflict Early Warning and Response Unit (CEWERU) from its formative years to the robust and highly efficient organisation that it is today. , He leaves behind a very strong legacy.So, when we think of him we celebrate the life of a hero who dedicated his life to peacebuilding.

I have had a personal privilege of knowing and working with him for over twenty years and can say that we will continue to feel this loss for a long time to come. I pray that God comforts you and the entire family at this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Mahboub Maalim (Amb.)

Executive Secretary of IGAD