WHO Chief Criticised for Spreading Falsehoods against Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Director General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, has been criticized for spreading falsehoods against the Government of Ethiopia.

In a statement on Friday, the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations at Geneva noted that on the 3rd of November 2020, the outlawed TPLF group viciously attacked the northern command of the Ethiopian National Defence Force.

From that moment onwards, the statement says the WHO chief Tedros, who was a senior member of the TPLF leadership, is “acting as an active member of the group’s command and control structure,” unleashing a propaganda campaign against the Government of Ethiopia.

“Dr. Tedros supports illegal activities committed by the TPLF,” the Mission said, “He never exposed TPLF’s destruction of schools, health centers, public institutions, and infrastructures in the Amhara and Afar regions. He appears to support TPLF’s actions no matter what.”

He has never referred to a single health facility destroyed by the TPLF in the Afar and Amhara Regions whereas other international organizations are assisting in rebuilding these institutions, the mission said. “The group he so strongly supports reignited the conflict to destroy these same institutions, the lives, and the livelihoods of people in the neighboring regions.”

“Under the guise of humanitarian and concocted family concerns,” the statement says, Tedros uses the WHO’s platforms “to attack the Government of Ethiopia with impunity,” effectively tarnishing the WHO’s reputation, neutrality, and integrity.

These are grave misconducts for any staff of the WHO to be this hostile against any member state, let alone the Director General, who should have set the example, according to the Ethiopian Permanent Mission in Geneva.

“The flagrant violations of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the WHO and several provisions of the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service must be investigated,” said the Mission.

A complaint has been submitted to the Executive Board to initiate an independent investigation into the misconduct of the director general against the interests of Ethiopia.

“These grave misconducts against a member state of the WHO must be stopped and corrective measures should be taken against Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s misconduct without delay,” the mission said.

Thus far, the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia said it has not dignified Dr. Tedros’ “diatribe with a response,’, adding “This, however, ends now.”

“We shall expose and challenge his callous behavior and misconduct in every avenue possible,” the mission said.