Mission To Be Headed by Roger Meece of US, Doss to Escape
Russell Lee, Exclusive
June 8 -- In the Congo, the UN's replacement for embattled
envoy Alan Doss is former UN Ambassador Roger Meece, well placed
Security Council sources told Inner City Press on June 8. Inner City
Press asked Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France which had two
candidates for the post, "What about Roger Meece?"
him," Araud said, entering the Council for a closed session
any particular problem with him" and his nomination, UK
Ambassador Lyall Grant told Inner City Press.
citizen, had said he would leave on May 31, but has remained in
place. Meanwhile questions about Doss' use of funds and UN resources
for family members remain unanswered.
Roger Meece, center, and NBA center Motumbo in DRC
Twice, the UN has declined to
comment on the status of the Office of Internal Oversight Services
report condemning Doss, now in front of Secretary General Ban
non - selected
French candidates included Jean Maurice Ripert, currently attaining
dubious achievement as a UN envoy to Pakistan, and Jean Marie
Guehenno, former head of UN peacekeeping. Who would want to oversee
the dismantling of the UN's Congo mission?
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Continues As King of Congo, Abuse of Power and Funds Unanswered, Ban
Sits on OIOS Report
June 2 -- The lack of accountability of and in the UN is
exemplified by Alan Doss.
Exposed for nepotism ten months ago, after
a career of such acts, Doss said he would leave the UN payroll on
Inner City Press, which first exposed Doss' nepotism, asked if
the Office of Internal Oversight Services report condemning him would
be ruled on by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before May 31, or after.
"No comment," Ban's spokesman twice said.
The head of the
Department of Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the Press
that Doss was being given a second opportunity to comment on OIOS'
City Press asked last week and this who was in charge of the renamed
UN Mission in the Congo, MONUSCO, the UN after business hours on June
1 said that Doss remains in charge. What happened to his statement
that he would leave May 31?
issue, still unaddressed by the UN, had Doss asking the UN
Development Program in writing to show him "leeway" and
give a job to his daughter in contravention of UN rules. Doss, before
simply refusing to answer questions from the Press, said that his
e-mail was taken out of context, despite Inner City Press'
publication of the entire e-mail.
whistleblowers from each of Doss' stops in Africa have come forward
saying that Doss was always a rule breaker, a "King of the
Congo" as he has been dubbed, even in Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia.
Some Inner City Press has already published -- Doss dubbing his
Liberian cook an "engineer" to bring him to the Congo at a
higher UN pay rate, Doss' guard shooting his gun inside a MONUC plane
filled with Security Council members and getting further promoted by
comes news of Doss' use of UN money to repair his housing, in
addition to space in the Grand Hotel Kinshasa. Well informed Kinshasa
sources say Doss commandeered UN air assets to fly his wife around,
including out of the DR Congo and otherwise abused his DSA travel
allowance from the UN.
example of substantive contempt for the rule of law and truth,
reporters tell of approaching Doss with documentary proof that
indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda was involved in the leadership
structure of FARDC army units Doss' MONUC was working with. I don't
want to see it, Doss told the reporters, as they tell Inner City
Press put these factual questions, in writing, to the Department of
Peacekeeping Operation, the response was that there was resistance to
answering any of them.
Alan Doss, center, accountability not shown
Press was told that the only way to
try to get wheels in motion for answers was to ask the questions
publicly at the UN's noon briefing. And so, at the May 27 UN noon
Press: I have asked DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations]
in writing a series of questions about Alan Doss, who I understand is
leaving at the end of this month, therefore in a few days. He may be
in New York actually right now. So, maybe you can get these answers.
They have asked to say unless I ask you, I can’t get an answer
from them to these questions…
Nesirky: Say again that last bit.
Press: Unless, if I want an answer to these questions about
Alan Doss I should ask in the noon briefing. This is what I was told
today, this morning. So, I am asking you here, and I will just do it
very quickly, maybe. It has to do with who paid to repair Alan
Doss’s apartment in Kinshasa? And what’s going to happen with
that apartment now that he is leaving UN service? Were air assets of
MONUC or other UN Missions used to transport family members of Mr.
Doss? Did he in fact, bring a staff member from UNMIL, a local staff
to MONUC as a cook but characterized him as an engineer in order to
do so? And there, and his DSA. There are some questions about DSA
itemized over three years. Issues have been raised, raised by
journalists based in Kinshasa. And for some reason I was told to ask
it here. I mean, it seemed very detailed and I don’t expect you to
have answers, you know, but I would like to get the answers before he
leaves UN service.
Well, by asking it here certainly plenty of people will be
able to hear the questions and find the answers. And I am sure they
will help to provide those answers.
Press: And the OIOS [Office of Internal Oversight Services]
report on Alan Doss that’s now with the Secretary-General, does he
expect to rule before 31 May when Mr. Doss leaves UN service?
I don’t have any comment on that at the moment.
having received not a single response, Inner City Press asked again,
this time to Nesirky's Deputy Marie Okabe:
Press: Who has taken over for Alan Doss in MONUC, one of the
UN’s largest peacekeeping missions? Who is in charge as of today
of that Mission?
Okabe: I’ll have to look. Usually, there is an
Acting Representative whenever the Representative is on leave or out
of the country or for whatever reason. So, obviously one of the
deputies must be the Acting Representative. I don’t have the name.
was later informed that Alan Doss is in charge. Otherwise,
Leila Zerrougui, the Deputy Special Representative, would be
Press: Last week, I asked a number of questions about Alan Doss. It
seems four or five days have gone by. Are there going to be
answers to those questions?
Okabe: If there are, I would give them to you. I don’t
he would relinquish control of MONUSCO on May 31, is Alan Doss still
in charge? What is Ban Ki-moon doing with the OIOS report condemning
Mr. Doss? Watch this site.