By Salim Lone
January 19, 2018
Like President Mugabe’s courageously was by the UN’s World Health Organization last year by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
I am utterly horrified (and ashamed as a former UN official) that UNICEF has bestowed this honor on President Uhuru Kenyatta, who two months ago praised police after they killed lawful protestors and two dozen youth, inc tiny children; abused and threatened Supreme Court judges after they annulled his rigged election in September; and who was not acquitted of crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court.
What a terrible way for Ms. Fore to begin her high UN tenure. This is also a severe Indictment of UNICEF and UN top brass in Nairobi who would have proposed or agreed to this appointment. It will earn the wrath of more than half of all Kenyans who are bitterly opposed to President Kenyatta’s rule for rigging himself back to power and all the killings his forces have committed. UNICEF as the UN grassroots agency will suffer a backlash too.
All friends of the UN worldwide, especially currently and former senior officials in the areas of human rights, democracy and electoral integrity, should publicly or privately urge Ms. Fore or UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to withdraw this honor.
My being adviser to NASA leader Raila Odinga has nothing to do with my stand on this issue.