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UN Economic Commission for Africa Corrupt Whistleblowers Tell Banned Inner City Press

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 2 – Today's United Nations corrupts everything it touches. Today's example is the UN Economic Comission for Afirca, from which whistleblowers have raised the below to Inner City Press, whose questions UNSG Antonio Guterres' spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming refuse to answer: 

"to Matthew [dot] Lee  [at Inner City Press [dot] com: The entity under the leadership of Ms Vera Songwe has turned into an institution that is no longer enjoyable to work in, just because the UN has  continued to ignore the pleas raised by the Watch Dogs , pertaining to the maladministration, at the African  institution. Now the question is..... Is it because they are part of it, as we see how they can use their position to influence the appointment of  their friends?  Following the scandalous appointment of Matt Hancock under dubious circumstances, one would have thought that action will be taken by then, but that did not happen, something that has made the woman to untouchable, and even bragging to those who care to listen, that She is not accountable to anyone, but two people, only the SG and the DSG. 

The Executive Secretary is at it again, as she has made sure one of her friends, who is a former Minister of Investment & Trade from Botswana  gets a position created and appointed to the position of Africa Director, and Special Advisor to the High Level Climate Change Champions. The said former Minister does not not have the relevant qualifications and  experiences, except to have been handpicked ahead of other qualified young Africans who are more experienced and having played a key role in Climate Change Issues in Africa. She has been plying her trade and being vocal  in Trade and Economics, and has not been engaged in Climate Change Issues.   Appointing an Africa Director and special Advisor on Climate Change Action, is a good initiative, and the Person appointed is also a professional in her own right and as a Trade Economist, more than a Climate Change Specialist. Africa has a number of former ministers, Directors, and other young Climate Change Activists, which could have been given an opportunity to compete for this position. Since this involves Africa, the AfDB and African Union's opinion could have been sought. Instead UNECA has taken advantage of COP 27 coming to Africa, and the urgency to mobilise for COP to create a position for their friend, denying other qualified Africans to compete for it.

The question that other Africans are asking; When was this position advertised, and on which website? How many people applied for this position? Did the African Union and the AfDB have an input in the drafting of the Terms of Reference for this position, and did they take part in the recruitment process? What is the grading for this position? What role did the UNECA head and the DSG play,in having the Lady appointed for this position?   As if that is not enough, the same  former Minister  has been bragging that, She has been  promised a position of Director-level within the ECA, which she has been promised will be created through the RPTC budget. (see screen shots) 4 months after being promised that, a position tenable at the Africa Trade Policy Centre, has been created and is open for applications. We are waiting to see if indeed the post will be given to the lady, as it seems there has been pressure exerted from the DSG's office.  It is common knowledge that positions are created  for friends, through some divisions in which their Directors do not question the Executive Secretary's decision or instructions, and it becomes easy to create positions for the Executive Secretary's Friends, one of those being the current one created for the Former Minister, and one for the junior consultant currently  based in Germany.

One would have expected the Former Minister to be created a  'special position either at Regional Integration & Trade (RITD) or Macro Economic & Governance Division (MGD), but that was not going to  be easy to manipulate the Directors for these divisions.   A mini UNECA office has been created within the front Office, to replicate the work done by the Macro Economic Governance Divisions, where staff, consultants and fellows are hired as advisors to the UNECA Head, and end up doing private work for the Executive Secretary, to publish as her work, something that is unethical, as she claims to be the Author of such papers. This hiring/appointments have been entrusted two Officers, one being a P2 HR office, and one Officer who has never left her office, even though she was promoted and appointed to a  senior position in another division, but continued to assigned tasks of hiring those that can be used for  personal gain, and for the Officer to spy on other Officers in the organization.

The same Officer has recently been given a P5 as a reward for her loyality We have watched how some senior HR officers were being sidelined in these hiring processes, and those who did not support maladministration were victimised.  The watchdogs have continuously complained to the SG's Office, and to the UN Ethics Office, and there seems to be no action taken to investigate this maladministration, and we bank on the investigative journalists to question these acts."

The Deputy, referred to in the screenshots we have as "Madam Amina," is Amina J. Mohammed. We will have more on this. 


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