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In Ban's UN, "Africans Come Last," Columbia Connection, Nepotism in OIOS?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNdislosed Location, June 7 -- "Ban Ki-moon left the Africans for last," said a well placed UN source who called Inner City Press after Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky announced two African appointments at Thursday's UN noon briefing, which Inner City Press did not attend.

  As Ban has handed out jobs, African have been left out. He announced that his Tanzanian Deputy Secretary General Asha Rose Migiro would be leaving -- well, Inner City Press announced it before Ban did, but the decision has been made -- and named as her replacement the Swede Jan Eliasson.

Then there was another Swedish move, or move of a Swede: Karin Landgren from Burundi to apparently a best envoy post, Liberia. (Landgren had been considered as Navi Pillay's deputy in New York but lost, Inner City Press exclusively reported, in part because the Swede Margot Wallstrom was just then named envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict.)

Thursday Migiro's chief of staff Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon, always civil, was moved out of New York to take the Burundi post left behind by Landgren.

We wish him well: already, Burundi threw Charles Petrie out, and Landgren's reporting got a little more government friendly. One wag bitterly asked, What's a few death by hand grenade attacks among friends?

Also on Thursday, Ban filled a brand new position, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, with Nigeria's Amina J. Mohammed. She is currently a professor at Columbia University.

 Combined with Ban's MDGs (and Middle East?) adviser Jeffrey Sachs, there seems to be a straight line from Morningside Heights, Columbia's neighborhood, to becoming a Ban adviser, just as Ban's chief of staff has been hiring from her native Argentina and the World Food Program where she used to work.

Then there's this: UN sources complaint to Inner City Press that the head of the Office of Internal Oversight Services Carman Lapointe is hiring Canadians with her same first name, and cronies from previous jobs at the World Bank and IFAD -- this in the one UN office that is supposed to be fighting nepotism.

 Ban Ki-mon in hiring her said, "Transparency and accountability are essential to the work of the Organization, and OIOS is critical to advancing that effort.  That is why the Secretary-General acted."  She was replacing anothe Swede, who trashed Ban published, Inga Britt Alenius.

  If Ban Ki-moon is so commitment to "transparency and accountability," why isn't UN hiring information available in real time? Only at the UN...

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