UGANDA: US Designates Kayihura While UN Guterres Covers Up His Kutesa
On Uganda Corruption US Designates Kayihura While UN Guterres Covers Up His Kutesa CEFC China Energy Links
By INNER CITY PRESS
UN GATE, Sept 13 – Corruption in Uganda is not limited to Sam Kutesa as UN President of the General Assembly lining up bribes from CEFC China Energy, which is also linked to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who bans the Press for it. On September 13, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The Department is publicly designating Kale Kayihura, the former Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force and its commanding officer from 2005-2018, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Specifically, the Department has credible information that Kayihura was involved in torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through command responsibility of the Flying Squad, a specialized unit of the Uganda Police Force that reported directly to Kayihura. The Treasury Department is concurrently designating Kayihura pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the public designation of Kale Kayihura, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Angela Umurisa Gabuka, his daughter, Tesi Uwibambe, and his son, Kale Rudahigwa.”
In a continuing attempt to (re) gain the support of Uganda’s Museveni and Sam Kutesa, even after the guilty verdicts against Patrick Ho of China Energy Fund Committee for bribing at least Kutesa, and tellingly attempting to buy the oil company of Gulbenkian Foundation whose payments to Guterres he omitted from his public financial disclosure covering 2016, Guterres’ UN is again silent for four days and counting as Museveni again has arrested opponent Bobi Wine, this time with tear gas. Inner City Press in writing asked Guterres on April 23 – and still no answer, as Guterres genuflects in China. Since then, Nalongo Nana Mbarikiwa, who is admitted to Kampala Independent Hospital, was allegedly manhandled by a group of female and male police officers at the main entrance to the Uganda Police Force Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala. She had gone to notify the Police leadership of her peaceful protest against Bobi Wine’s house arrest as well as other violations of Ugandan citizens’ human rights by security agencies. According to Nana Annet, who is 7 months pregnant, said she is bleeding from the womb and can neither sit nor stand on her own. She was on Thursday visited by several Opposition leaders, including Kizza Besigye. “I arrived at the Police headquarters in the morning and found a very heavy deployment of police officers. When I tried to gain access, I was blocked at the entrance and informed that I had to first get clearance before I could meet the Inspector General of Police and/or the Dep. Inspector General. I parked my vehicle – a Toyota Noah – and waited for the said clearance,” she said. “While I was still seated inside my vehicle whose sunroof I had opened to avoid suffocation, a group of police officers jumped atop the vehicle and sprayed inside with pepper spray and teargas. They then forced themselves into the car. During the process, two policewomen held my legs apart and each sat on one as they twisted them. A policewoman, whose face I vividly remember, pulled my shorts down and forced her hand between my legs. I yelled in pain and told her that she was killing my baby but she squeezed even harder into my pelvis, yelling at me to “deliver the baby from here!” In the meantime, two or so other women twisted my arm, while another grabbed my heavy belly and squeezed it hard as if to force the foetus out. Thereafter, they violently pulled me out of the car, dragged me through the gate into the Police premises, and violently dropped me onto the ground. I fell on my back, vomited and then passed out. When I eventually came to, I found myself on a hospital bed surrounded by heavily armed police officers.” Guterres and Museveni: birds of a feather.
Bobi Wine tweeted that “Police and the military blocked us from reaching Busabala for our press conference about police brutality, injustice and abuse of authority. A citizen cannot be allowed to access his private property. People teargassed, beaten, Many arrested. We shall overcome.” Then “They have been trying to break into our car. Now they are clamping it to drag us away.”
Then finally like Guterres from another hand, but for Bobi Wine with a reason, “Hon. Kyagulanyi ssentamu (Bobi Wine) has been violently arrested. Admin.” Meanwhile Guterres has left empty his $15 million mansion and won’t say where he is; his 32 year old “youth envoy” is telling people not to believe social media – unless it is hers, and Guterres’ absentee blather. We’ll have more on this.
Previously Wine releaved, “President @KagutaMuseveni was even recorded live advertising a show for one artiste, to be held on this same day- as if to say that he owns Uganda, and if you want to be allowed to work, you have to lick his feet and be his sycophant!” Sounds like today’s UN. Inner City Press at noon on December 26 submitted questions including this one: “December 26-5: On Uganda, what is the SG’s comment and action on the Boxing Day crackdown on supporters of MP Bobi Wine?” The questions were emailed by banned Inner City Press, pursuant to USG @Alison_Smale’spromise to UNSR @DavidAKaye they would be answered, also to, among others, Amina Mohammed, Marcia Soares Pinto, Keishamaza Rukikaire, Hua Jiang (who refers to Hak-Fan Lau, Mita Hosali, Joachim Harris and Lydia Lobenthal) and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who refers to Arnab Roy and Eihab Omaish – as well as the Guterres’ own email. No answers, including on the UN Public Financial Disclosure omissions by Guterres. Birds of a feather. We’ll have more on this. Earlier, Bobi Wine alerted that the police “ordered all people out of the premises. As we speak, the premises are completely cordoned off as if it’s a crime scene.” Meanwhile, it’s Guterres’ UN that is and should be treated like a crime scene. Inner City Press has exclusively reported that while Guterres fraudulently omitted his role in the Gulbenkian Foundation from his UN Public Financial Disclosure, Gulbenkian in 2018 was trying to sell its Partex Oil to China Energy Fund Committee which Guterres refused to subject to any UN audit, preferring to rough up and ban Inner City Press, 175 days now. We’ll have more on this. Earlier in December, police in Jinja District in eastern Uganda raided City Hotel in which Bobi Wine was booked in search of him. Bobi Wine said, “They have beaten some of them, dragged them onto police pick-up cars and driven them to unknown destinations for no offence whatsoever. Meanwhile, I am still in Jinja town… This injustice must end and we must put it to an end by ourselves. No one else will do it for us.” On the morning of December 17, Inner City Press which is banned from entering the UN by UNSG Antonio Guterres whose Global Communicator Alison Smale promised UNSR David Kaye that Inner City Press’ written questions about be answered, asked Guterres and his spokesmen: “December 17-2: On Uganda, what is the SG’s comment and action on the renewed attempt by President Museveni’s forces to arrest / harass MP Bobi Wine, on which many others have expressed concern?” Five hours later, after a UN Briefing by Spokesman Stephane Dujarric at which none whom he let in asked about Uganda or Bobi Wine, no answer by Dujarric or the UN to this or any other Inner City Press questions. Birds of a feather.
Bobi Wine’s lawyers have said, “Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a Ugandan member of parliament best known as “Bobi Wine,” has been forced to seek refuge from an unlawful midnight raid by police which has seen many of his supporters and colleagues swept up and detained while others were reportedly beaten, says lawyer Robert Amsterdam.
According to Amsterdam, who has been communicating with Bobi Wine while he has temporarily sought refuge, these raids took place after nightfall in Jinja, Uganda, where a concert was to take place the following day along with numerous other musicians. Ugandan police have reportedly stormed the hotel where they were staying and detained dozens, while then conducting a neighborhood-wide manhunt with the objective of unlawfully capturing Mr. Kyagulanyi, though there has been no stated cause or charge against him.
“This is a clear and brazen act of targeted political repression by the Uganda authorities aimed at violating Bobi Wine’s human rights,” said Amsterdam. “Once again, Bobi Wine has broken no law, the concert was fully and legally permitted, and the other participating musicians were not targeted.”
Amsterdam says that the latest attempt to arrest Bobi Wine for no reason is clearly reminiscent of the events of this past August 14, when the Kyadondo East MP and many others were brutally arrested, jailed, and subjected to extensive torture by agents of the Special Forces Command (SFC).
“The use of violence and intimidation by the Government of Uganda against peaceful, law-abiding citizens is carried out with the clear intention of repressing their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” says Amsterdam. “We are going to be rigorously documenting every unlawful act and violation of rights by members of the police and their superiors and will seek to hold them accountable before every available international forum. The highest authorities have an urgent responsibility to halt this deplorable persecution without delay.”
Tellingly, while Guterres in control of and wasting the entire UN machine of of concern still silent, Helen Clark for example said on Twitter, “Disturbing reports from #Uganda where Opposition MP #BobiWine is again in hiding following police violently arresting members of his concert crew. Bobi was badly hurt in an earlier violent arrest & detention. Govt must allow opposition space.”
Likewise, U.S. Representative Karen Bass said, “Reports are coming out that @HEBobiwine may be in danger in Uganda. Stifling freedom of speech and expression and arbitrary arrests have no place in a democracy.” One hopes she and the House of Representative act on, as Guterres hasn’t, the UN bribery guilty verdic tin US v Ho involving Uganda’s Foreign Minister and former UN President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa and evidence about a $500,000 “campaign contribution” for Museveni (who now purports to faux investigate Kutesa, his brother in law). But UNSG Antonio Guterres is dodging or outright refusing to answer questions about the US v Ho verdict (video here) and the abuse of Bobi Wine and his supporters, being asked only at the UN by Inner City Press who Guterres already had roughed up and banned for life. On September 19, Inner City Press asked Guterres’ spokes – / hatchet-man Stephane Dujarric, “September 19-1: On Uganda, what is the SG’s comment and action on that “Police in Uganda have warned that any welcoming rally for musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine will be unlawful”? Despite two promises by Guterres’ UK USG Alison Smale, there has been no answer at all by the next day. Now journalists are being arrested, Bobi Wine’s brother reportedly detained. This is what a dictatorship looks likes – including at the UN. On August 30 Inner City Press, banned from the UN briefing, asked in writing: “On Uganda the SG called for police restraint so what is his comment and action on this: the Daily Monitor reports that at least 46 youths were arrested during night protests in support of Bobi Wine: “The [alleged]stone-throwing youth engaged security operatives in running fights at different sections of the Kampala Gulu highway as jubilant residents lined the highway to catch a glimpse of bailed politicians including Kyadondo East MP, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine from Gulu to Kampala City.” Nothing, no response from Spokes-hatchet-man Dujarric who told a journalist was asked about Inner City Press’ ouster and lifetime ban without any hearing or appeal that the “issue is settled” and no entry for UNGA week UNlike 1000 largely state media. Now from the Uganda Police, this: @Upf_Spokesman : Today August 30th, 2018, the Uganda Police halted the departure of the Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu at Entebbe International Airport. He has been taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital for a medical examination as he alleged torture.” Video clip here. So you’re punished in Uganda for alleging torture, just as in Guterres’ UN one is roughed up and banned for reporting on Guterres’ corruption and collusion on Cameroon. Now Guterres heads to China for an African business confab, ignoreing or concealing his conflict of interest given the African business links of his son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres. This follows Inner City Press’ reporting on how Kutesa, as President of the UN General Assembly, solicited from China Energy Fund Committee’s Patrick Ho what are being called bribes in Federal court. As Kutesa prepares to travel to China, where not coincidentally Guterres will be September 1 through 4, it’s reported in Uganda, “Foreign Affairs Minister Kutesa dismisses Free Bobi Wine protests: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam Kahamba Kutesa says the riots and protests in parts of the country over the arrest and detention of Members of Parliament and others during the Arua municipality parliamentary campaigns, have no effect on Uganda’s international relations.” And, from Xinhua: “As African leaders head to China for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) early next month, Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa said the notion of “a community with a shared future” is critical for Africa-China ties. Kutesa told reporters here on Thursday at a joint press conference with the Chinese ambassador to Uganda that China and Africa share the same aspirations.” Guterres’ spokesman / censor Stephane Dujarric said on August 23, “I have a trip announcement. On Saturday 1 September, the Secretary-General will leave for a visit to China, where he will speak at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and that is a summit that is being held in Beijing. During his visit, the Secretary-General will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other senior Chinese officials. He will also meet with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, and other African leaders on the margins of the Summit. The Secretary-General will be back in New York on Tuesday evening, 4 September.” Which is the stated deadline to accredit to cover the UNGA High Level week, which Guterres and Dujarric are trying to ban Inner City Press for the first time in 12 years. Censors. Guterres’ British head of Global Communications Alison Smale, a former New York Times bureau chief in Berlin, told both GAP then Inner City Press and thus the public that its email questions would be answered. For three briefing in a row, regarding Uganda, Inner City Press has asked Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric “Now in light of the allegations of torture of Bobi Wine, and abuse of protesters even acknowledge by government after it was filmed and on social media: August 14-5: Given the UN’s partnerships with and presence in Uganda, including Entebbes, what is the SG’s comment and action on that two Ugandan journalists, who were arrested following Monday’s violence, have been released on a police bond and are alleged to have been tortured by authorities.Herbert Zziwa and Ronald Mwanga were “violently arrested by armed men in military fatigues while reporting live on air”? Also, what does the UN know (and say) about the killing in connection with a political rally of the driver of one of the country’s most charismatic political leaders, Robert Kyagulanyi, who is also a popular musician known as Bobi Wine?” First time – no answer. Second time – no answer. Third time – after Guterres’ and Smale’s ghoulish censorship was profiled in US Press Freedom Tracker along with shorter bans that the UN has criticized – Dujarric emailed Inner City Press this: “On Uganda, we are following closely developments in Uganda. We deplore use of violence and the loss of life. We call on all parties concerned to address issues in full observance of the rule of law and of human rights.” Rule of law when Dujarric on June 20 said things would get worse for Inner City Press, and two later it was roughed up and pushed out of the UN during a Guterres speech by UN Security’s Lt Ronald E. Dobbins? This is a joke, And on August 24, after Dujarric ignored and didn’t even acknowledge fourteen questions in a row from Inner City Press, the question was raised across the street from the mansion Guterres lives in, sometimes, Periscope here. And this: On July 1 there was a claim that the peacekeeping budgets tied to the supposed reforms had been “approved,” with no open meeting of the Budget Committee and with Inner City Press which covers it still banned from entering the building on the weekends or evenings when the Committee had consultations, having been ousted June 22 by Guterres’ gun-toting guards who refused to give their names. Video here, story here, new petition here. So Inner City Press on July 3 went to cover the Fifth Committee meeting, of which it had been officially informed by UN spokespeople. But once there, it was physically ousted by rogue UN Security Lieutenant Ronald E. Dobbins and another, right in front of ASG Christian Saunders. On July 5, Inner City Press was banned from entering the UN, even as the UN bragged of approvals. But even UN meetings coverage says what the GA approved: “Under the draft’s section IV titled “Global service delivery model for the United Nations Secretariat”, the Assembly endorsed the conclusions and recommendations in ACABQ’s report (document A/72/7/Add.50), requesting that the Secretary-General submit a new proposal for the model no later than the first resumed part of its seventy-third session — which would take fully into account paragraph 5 of the ACABQ’s report, as well as comments, observations and recommendations of the Joint Inspection Unit — and to both consult and consider Member States and relevant stakeholders.” So they ousted and are banning the Press for this – disgusting.
Fox News story here, GAP blogs I and II. On July 23, with Inner City Press banned by the now vacationing Guterres for a 20th day from the UN, it asked Guterres’ spokesmen in writing: “Confirm or deny what USG Khare told journalists after a closed-door meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, that “there is no decision yet” following the July 5 resolution by the UN’s 5th Committee which rejected the proposal. “No decision has been taken yet, and all contracts of local and international staff were extended for one year until June 2019.” Has this extension been done elsewhere in the UN system? Where? Under what authority?” Of the five questions Inner City Press, this was the only one responded to so far during the briefing’s time, by Farhan Haq: “On your fourth question, we confirm the accuracy of the quote and are seeking further information.” Watch this site.
Guterres’ proposed Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM) may, despite Guterres’ murky attempts to over-ride his advisory team’s recommendations, be an exception, as it would eliminate jobs in New York, jobs held by Americans. But the UN’s Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions slammed the proposal, as Inner City Press exclusively asked about on June 14, see below. In the UN Budget Committee at the beginning of the week members criticized Guterres’ request to vote on the moving-target plan by the end of the Committee’s session on Friday June 22. On June 21 Inner City Press asked Guterres’ deputy spokesman Farhan Haq if Guterres expected a vote by June 22, and to explain why Guterres wants to move more jobs to Budapest given Prince Zeid’s critique of just enacted Hungarian laws. Haq said the placement of UN jobs has nothing to do with human rights – clearly – and referred Inner City Press to the spokesman for the President of the General Assembly, who said the session is being extended to Sunday, June 24. But since Inner City Press has been evicted and restricted, by Guterres’ spokespeople and Global Communicator Alison Smale, it cannot enter the UN to cover this big money budget session which it, alone about the UN press corps, is following. In fact, the session were held Saturday and Sunday, after Inner City Press was ousted on Friday, June 22, video here, story here. On June 29, under the same UNexplained threat of “Gooters’ Goons,” Inner City Press came to cover the budget end game. Diplomats said that the US is conditioning softening its threatened budget cuts on getting reforms. Fine – but a reform that fires Americans in New York, to move jobs to Mexico City? Has their boss heard of this? Near midnight between Friday and Saturday Inner City Press asked the Chair of the UN Budget Committee Tommo Monthe of Cameroon if it would get done tonight. He said maybe. Guterres has gone beyond his own natural disinterest to actively cover up Cameroon’s Biya’s killings in order to get the chairman’s help. But when the chips are down, Guterres is mostly about censoring and attacking the Press that covers it and him. At the cusp of June 30 and July 1, with Inner City Press barred from the UN while Guterres virtue signals with taxpayers’ money in Bangladesh, UN sycophants gushed that a $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget was approved. But that can only legitimately be done in an open session on UNTV, and there is no indication of that. Guterres’ leaving town during this, and barring his lone critic, is disgusting, and those who “report” without mentioning either. All there is a document with modest reductions in peacekeeping missions. The mission in Haiti MINUJUSTAH goes does from Guterres’ proposal of $124 million to $121 million; MINURSO in Western Sahara goes down from $53.9 million to $52.3 million. UNAMID in Darfur, which is being blocked in its movements to Jebal Marra, takes a hit. But no Fifth Committee plenary on UNTV, no answer to written questions, Guterres in Bangladesh claiming he will “continue” to pressure Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar while Sheikh Hasina continues to speak of putting the Rohingya on a far away island… well, we’ll have more on this. On June 25 Guterres spokesman refused to explain, and the PGA’s spokesman while confirming the sessions took place referred questions on media access to the Secretariat – which, it seems, is a corrupt censor. On June 18, Inner City Press asked when or if the criticized Guterres proposal would be considered by the UN’s Fifth (Budget) Committee. Summary by UN: “The Spokesperson was asked for updates related to the General Assembly’s consideration of the Secretary-General’s Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM) report. The Spokesperson later said that an advance copy of the relevant report by the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) had been released last week. As of now, no date had been announced for this agenda item to be introduced in the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee.” Then Inner City Press was helpfully informed that it would be considered on June 19. At that meeting, Egypt for the G77 said it was all being rushed, as did Switzerland (which would lose jobs) and Uganda (natch). The Joint Inspection Unit panned the proposal, too. It would be absurd to consider it before the slated June 22 end of the Committee session. But this is the UN. Strangely, the US Mission to the UN supported the proposal, which would involved its citizens, General Service staff, losing jobs. This an hour before a White House press call about trade with and tariffs on China. Are these policies coherent? From Guterres, on his way to the World Cup, silence on this, and on the US impending withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. We’ll have more on this. The GSDM proposal, which Inner City Press first wrote about in early March, is to move to cheaper location(s) back office functions like human resources, payments and payroll.
Inner City Press reported — and has published full documents on Patreon, here — the four cities in Guterres’ initial filing with ACABQ. On June 14, Inner City Press asked Guterres’ deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: the Administrative Committee on Advisory and Budgetary Questions [Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions] has put out a report on the Secretary-General’s proposal on the global service delivery mechanism, the three cities, and moving… moving several jobs. They… I guess the word is, reject it. They’re saying that they don’t accept three cities. There should only be two cities, one in Africa. And they’re also saying that the Secretary-General should provide further information to those impacted, including staff. What… what is the Secretary-General’s response to that? And… and seems to… will slow down the implementation. So what’s he going to do?
Deputy Spokesman: Regarding that, we’re going to continue our dialogue with the Member States, including through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, and we’ll follow up with the intention of trying to get the system in place as early as possible next year.” We’ll have more on this. The initially proposed four cities were Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City and Nairobi. The first three were each the product of conflict of interest. Guterres wanted Budapest, those involved say, in order to support or cover up his Budapest move while at UNHCR. But given Victor Orban’s statements, why is Antonio “Mister Migration” Guterres tweaking the process to reward Hungary? On Kuala Lumpur, UNDP in that country “lent” John Kidd to mediate or change the outside consultants’ recommendations – and include KL. Now Malaysia has said it cannot or will not commit the requisite resources, and Inner City Press is informed – not by Guterres spokespeople which it has repeatedly asked – that Kuala Lumpur is out. And then there were three. Inner City Press asked in each article in this series, What will happen to Entebbe which was set up by DFS for their GFSS Global Field Support Strategy? And now Uganda’s Museveni has protested to Guterres, without response. Museveni called the decision “unfair;” his foreign minister Sam Kutesa has threatened to call a vote in the General Assembly, of which he was president (and allegedly accepted bribes from Patrick Ho of China Energy Fund Committee, still in Special Consultative status with UN ECOSOC. On May 7, Inner City Press asked Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric, again, about the GSDM and specifically about Uganda – and it turns out Guterres spoke with Kutesa, though presumably not about the CEFC bribery scandal, on which Guterres has yet to act. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: I want to ask you again about this global service delivery mechanism. Seems that… you’d said you were going to give some granular guidance, but I wanted to ask you if it’s the case that Kuala Lumpur has dropped out of the four cities and, if so, why, and also if you can confirm the receipt of a letter by the President of Uganda protesting their non-selection in… despite having this Entebbe situation and the various critiques he’s made in it. There’s been a call… at least they’ve said that Sam Kutesa, which… a name from the past, may call a vote in the General Assembly about the selection of Nairobi over them. And staff are… are… many people and I’ve asked here to see the underlying recommendations of how these cities were selected.
Spokesman: Not aware of Kuala Lumpur. On Entebbe, the Secretary-General spoke last week with the Foreign Minister of Uganda to explain the situation to him. A number of functions related to peacekeeping will remain in Entebbe.
Inner City Press: Could I ask you…
Spokesman: Go ahead.
Inner City Press: I want to ask you another… since it seem… so, was that called before or after the reported letter from the President?
Spokesman: It was before. I’m not… I can’t confirm the letter’s been received.” On May 18, Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Farhan Haq about reports in Uganda, video here, UN transcript here: in Uganda it’s reported that the Global Service Delivery Mechanism reform would result in the loss of 290 jobs in the Entebbe centre and 205 of whom are Ugandan nationals, and so this is all over press there. And I’ve also seen it described that 58 jobs from Geneva would be moved to Budapest. Are these the real numbers? And… and when is the time where the Secretary-General will actually publicly say the impact of this proposed reform?
Deputy Spokesman: Well, this is still something that’s under discussion, so I don’t think we can treat anything as final. As we’ve made clear, we will continue with the use of Entebbe as a regional base for many of our functions.” Many now say, particularly seeing a recent directive of ECLAC (on Patreon here) which is Alicia Barcena’s other job, that Mexico City as a late replacement for Brazil was a favor for her. (Guterres, who only returned to New York on May 4 and from whose Lusophone garden party in the UN on May 5 his UN Security sought to banInner City Press from covering despite it being in the Media Alert of Alison Smale’s DPI, will on May 7 and 8 be in Cuba with ECLAC; we’ll have more on this). Impacted staff in Santiago are being told they can move to Mexico City – but G staff in New York cannot. We’ve put a memo on suspended external recruitment on Patreon, here. Now staff have provided Inner City Press with these critiques and comments, from before KL’s drop out, posted and awaiting response from Guterres’ Secretariat: “So the basis on which to choose the four locations, potentially leading to significant job losses elsewhere, was made on the basis of the three-page report (A/72/801/Add.1) mentioned above? Or are there other reports and behind-the-scenes decisions that aren’t being shared in this rather brief article?
(2): In A/72/801/Add.1, one of the Assessment criteria is language requirements (II. 3. (c) “The specific requirements of different parts of the Secretariat, including language requirements”). However, the results of the assessment indicated that Budapest, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Mexico City were the highest scoring as they were deemed, among other criteria, to have “sufficient language capacity to serve global clients”, IV. 6. (c). Knowing that there are six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish with English and French as the working languages, how did the drafters of the Report of the Secretary-General and those who carried out the assessment (whomever they are) appraise that these locations do have “sufficient language capacity” unless it was decided that the official languages of the UN is only English, and incidentally Spanish?
(3): It is striking that the costs (staff, operations, setup) do NOT include the heavy and continuing costs of headquarters staff trying to work with out-stationed staff. The 2016 JIU reportidentified this as a weakness in past business case analysis and it is repeated here. I see the costs here with my FAO colleagues trying to work with Budapest and they are quite significant in terms of lost staff time.” Guterres? On April 18, Inner City Press asked Guterres’ spokesman Dujarric again, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: I’ve asked a couple times about this global service delivery mechanism, which sounds very dry, but would actually move 600 jobs out of New York to Mexico City, Budapest…
Spokesman: You know, I apologise. I will have language for you on that.
Inner City Press: Even more than language, I want to add an extra question before… maybe this… maybe the language is already written, but there seems to be a question, not only just about how the cities were selected, particularly Budapest, where, in the past, the Secretary-General, António Guterres, in his former job, already moved jobs to Budapest. And I’m wondering, does he have any thoughts now that there are protests about Viktor Orbán and the position on migration of moving more jobs to Hungary?
Spokesman: I will get back to you on all of that.
Inner City Press: And… and has… how was it decided that four cities was the right run…? There seems to be a question about that.
Spokesman: I will get back to you. ” But he hasn’t… Whistleblowers tell Inner City Press that dozens of jobs would be eliminated in New York, 75% of them held by women, of whom Guterres speaks so much. More than three dozens of those fired would be from the United States, which as was pointed out in September pays a quarter of the bills. What ever the wisdom, more transparency is needed. But to the contrary, Guterres and his Global Communicator Alison Smale continueto restrict the Press that asks, awarding its long time UN work space to a no-show Egyptian state media, Sanaa Youssef of Akhbar al Youm…. A Climate Risk event was held at the UN on January 31, complete with a delayed press conference with four speakers. Inner City Press asked them about the role of the UN, not just as a venue but as an actor, with a Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed who in 2017 signed 4000 certificates for already-exported endangered rosewood in China. The UN Global Compact accepted CEFC China Energy until Inner City Press repeated asking about its role as beneficiary of a UN bribery scheme to get oil in Uganda and Chad; China Energy Fund Committee is *still* in Special Consultative status with ECOSOC. Periscope video here, since the UN has withheld its, under UNTV boss Alison Smale. Among the panelists, Betty Yee, California’s Controller, repeatedly cited transparency. Fred Samama of Amundi to his credit acknowledged there is a danger of green-washing. Peter Damgaard Jensen of PKA said the UN could / should help emerging markets. (This is true, but today in Cameroon for example, the UN only supports colonialism and exploitation.) Iconic Jack Ehnes of CalSTRS appeared sympathetic. But will they continue to blithely provide a platform for the greenwashing not only of oil companies like CEFC China Energy, but of censoring UN officials like Amina J. Mohammed, who helped export endangered rosewood then refused all Press questions on it, and continues to censor and restrict the Press which asks? We’ll have more on this – and on “The Investor Agenda.” Amid UN bribery scandals, failures in countries from Cameroon to Yemen and declining transparency, today’s UN does not even pretend to have content neutral rules about which media get full access and which are confined to minders or escorts to cover the General Assembly.
Inner City Press, which while it pursue the story of Macau-based businessman Ng Lap Seng’s bribery of President of the General Assembly John Ashe was evicted by the UN Department of Public Information from its office, is STILL confined to minders as it pursues the new UN bribery scandal, of Patrick Hoand Cheikh Gadio allegedly bribing President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, and Chad’s Idriss Deby, for CEFC China Energy.
Last week Inner City Press asked UN DPI where it is on the list to be restored to (its) office, and regain full office – and was told it is not even on the list, there is no public list, the UN can exclude, permanently, whomever it wants. This is censorship, and has been accepted and even encouraged by what has become the UN Censorship Alliance, which accepted funds from Ng Lap Seng’s South South News and had Inner City Press ejected from the UN Press Briefing Room as it inquired into the story.
When this UNCA held its annual meeting on January 29, it could barely reach quorom (Periscope here); it covered over the glass doors of the clubhouse the UN gives it with a sign board.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: September 13, 2019 at 01:45PM