UNFPA Ethiopia Chief Recalled for Criticizing Senior UN Officials

ADDIS ABABA – U.N. Population Fund country representative to Ethiopia has been recalled by her boss after criticism of senior U.N. officials.

Dennia Gayle follows the International Organisation migration Ethiopian head, Maureen Achieng, who was put on administrative leave this week after audio recordings containing criticism of U.N. officials released online.

In the recordings, two women who say they work for the U.N. in Ethiopia but do not give their names tell a freelance journalist that some top U.N. officials globally sympathize with forces from the northern Tigray region that are fighting Ethiopia’s government.

The two also accused recent emergency coordinators sent by the UN of side-lining their office in Ethiopia and suggested there is a power struggle within the international body.

The departure of the two officials could risk further friction between the UN and the East African nation which last month expelled seven other senior UN officials for meddling in its affairs.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia spokeswoman, Billene Seyoum, criticized UN decision to put the IOM Ethiopia Chief on “administrative Leave”.

Billene wrote Achieng had told “the unvarnished truth on institutional bias within the UN system and in relation to the Terrorist TPLF’s criminality is deeply disturbing”.

“Internal and external politics of influence within the higher echelons of power in the UN system needs to be thoroughly investigated,” she added.


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