in Central African Republic, Margaret Vogt Will Lead, Obo Still
May 11 -- With questions of nepotism swirling around the UN
mission in the Central African Republic, Inner City Press on May 4
asked who will replace Sahle-Work Zewde as chief of the mission.
Belgium's Permanent Representative told Inner City Press, “A
Inner City Press asked
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's acting deputy
spokesman Farhan Haq:
Press: what’s the status of the new SRSG [Special
Representative of the Secretary-General] there? I know that Ms.
[Sahle-Work] Zewde was moved to Nairobi as the Head of that office;
is there a new, I was told yesterday that basically there is a
Nigerian woman about to be named as SRSG; is that… what was the
process and what… were these issues considered, I guess I am
saying. It seems like there are some problems with serving [ Central
African Republic] under the previous regime there. So, I am just
wondering, what’s the status of choosing a new leader?
Spokesperson Haq: Well, I don’t have any fresh appointments
to announce. If we do, we’ll let you know at that time.
Spokesperson's Office have not provided Inner City Press any
information or made any announcement.
when on May 11
Inner City Press asked asked Ban's adviser on Children and Armed
Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy about the UN's failure to send anyone
to Obo in the Central African Republic, her reply contained the name
of the “new SRSG” -- Margaret Vogt, a Nigerian who has previously
worked with Ibrahim Gambari.
UN's Ban and Bozize, Margaret Vogt &
protection of civilians esp in Obo not shown
has the will or mandate to improve things in the UN's CAR mission
remains to be seen. And the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs still has not answered day-old questions about
the failure to serve Obo. Watch this site.
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Republic, UN Abandons Obo Like Birao, New Nigerian
SRSG to Hear CAR Alarm?
4 -- Months after civilians in the Birao area of the Central
African Republic were abandoned when the UN Peacekeeeping
mission MINURCAT pulled out, a call has gone up to establish at least
some kind of UN presence in CAR's Haut-Mbomou prefecture and its
medical NGOs serve the area, where children are
abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, according to Laura Perez of
the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.
asked Ms. Perez why the UN was constrained from at least purporting
to serve the area. She replied that there is a weekly airplane flight
to Obo but that the UN Department of Safety & Security says UN
staff can only go with a military escort, which hasn't been arranged.
Press has reported on nepotism and mismanagement in the UN
mission in the Central African Republic. In
late 2009, Inner City Press had asked SRSG Sahle-Work Zewde, Special
Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Head of the
United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in the Central African
Republic (BONUCA) about a series of BONUCA
hires of relatives of the head of the UN Department of Political
Affairs Africa II Division, Sammy Buo. She said she would look
into it, take action and report back.
having heard nothing from her or about any changes,
Inner City Press asked her for an update. “I don't want to speak
about the past,” she said.
asked, “But are the individuals, including the former
employee of the Executive Outcomes private military firm, still
employed by the UN in the CAR?” She would not answer.
UN credibly preach transparency and anti-corruption if these
are its practices?
in 2011, UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is promoting Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde to
head the UN Office in Nairobi. Inner City Press asked Ms. Perez and
her fellow panelists at the UN on Wednesday where the process stands
on replacing Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, and to assess the UN's
Smets of the
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict declined to grade the UN's
performance, but said that more resources at needed. Belgium's
Permanent Representative to the UN Jan Grauls, who chairs the UN
Peacebuilding Commission for CAR said that a replacement for Ms.
Sahle-Work Zewde is just about to be named.
Inner City Press, confirmed by other missions, concludes that “a
Nigerian woman” is about to be named.
The Danish Refugee
Council's Patrice Effebi, in French, spoke of children demobilized from
the Armée populaire pour la
restauration de la République et la démocratie
that UN envoy Radhika Coomaraswamy will travel to CAR in October. While
calling the Security Council, on which he used to serve, secretive he
offered praise to the opening up of the Working Group on Children and
Armed Conflict, which he attended this week. Grauls left for a
teleconference with the World Bank about aid. Will it, the new SRSG or
anything get the UN into Obo? Watch this site.
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2010, before a UN "high level" event about CAR, Inner City Press
made inquiries about the UN's problems
the hiring of mercenaries appear not to have
Inner City Press had asked Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, Special Representative
of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Head of the United Nations
Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) about a
series of BONUCA
hires of relatives of the head of the UN Department
of Political Affairs Africa II Division, Sammy Buo. She said she
would look into it, take action and report back.
nothing from her or about any changes, Inner City Press
asked her for an update. “I don't want to speak about the past,”
are the individuals, including the former employee of
the Executive Outcomes private military firm, still employed by the
UN in the CAR?” She would not answer.
can the UN
credibly preach transparency and anti-corruption if these are its
World Bank's representative for the region about the Bank's
and IMF's freezing of work with the Bank of Central African States.
She acknowledged the freeze, but said that the CAR hadn't been hurt.
If true, what does this way about the Bank of Central African
Jan Grauls, Permanent Representative of Belgium,about the
World Food Program's recent call for $15 million to feed 600,000
people in CAR. Ambassador Grauls distinguish humanitarian aid from
the peacebuilding funds he has been raising, but said that
agriculture is among the best way to disarm former rebels. We have
another question in and with Ambassador Grauls; watch this site.
UN's Ban and Ms. Zewde, action on nepotism in CAR not shown
Inner City Press
formally asked the director of DPA's Africa II Division Sammy Kum Buo
the following questions:
writing a story about this morning's Security Council
session on BONUCA / Central African Republic. I am also covering
management issues in BONUCA and DPA and am writing for you to confirm
or deny on deadline each of the following [about BONUCA staffers]
Gabriel Buh Kang a
relative of yours? Your niece?
Brindou Germain Kabran ?
stayed with Brindou Germain Kabran?
Please provide records.
the case of Gozo
Buo is also
accused of hiring a former mercenary from Executive Outcomes, in
violation of UN rules. While Mr. Buo has refused to respond, Inner
City Press has discussed the matter with other Mission officials and
finally, on December 21, with Mr. Buo's boss in DPA, Haile Menkerios.
Mr. Menkerios confirmed he is aware of the issue. Inner City Press
asked Mr. Menkerios what DPA's response would be. It is a management
issue, Mr. Menkerios replied, that will be responded to in a
But has it
Matthew Please innercity should absolutely look into this matter which
serious WHAT IS GOING ON IN BONUCA/BINUCA?
mission called BINUCA to replace BONUCA starting
January 2010 in Central Africa Republic. For more than 9 years,
BONUCA a DPA led mission was plagued with nepotism and favoritism...
Of particular importance is the role played by Mr Sammy Kum Buo, the
Director of Africa II, very famous with his absence of political
judgment (remember Rwanda where he was advising the SRSG Booh Booh) who
had succeeded in appointing a niece called Ekei as Administrative
Assistant, a cousin called Gabriel Buh Kang in the finance section...
the recruitment of the security Officer, Antonio de Jesus a former
memeber of Executive Outcome was done in violation of all the
recruitment rule procedures. Buo is trying to maintain in the mission
his friend Brindou Germain Kabran where he lives when he is mission
in CAR despite he, receiving the DSA.. His fellow Cameroonian...
Marie Claire Bikia, recruited as administrative Assistant, is trying
to be promoted Gender assistant. She went several times in Turin for
integrity issues, Sammy Kum Buo with the support
of or not of Lynn Pascoe is currently deciding on the future of the
staffs by trying to impress upon the new SRSG, the Ethiopian
diplomat, Ms Zewde who is in her first experience in the UN and
doesn't know the administrative procedure. Sammy Kum Buo would like
to keep his cousin, niece and friends and sacrifying the other
staffs. This is UNACCEPTABLE Inner city press should try to raised
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