Is it really possible that YK Museveni could block Mr Olara Otunnu’s attempts at taking the UNSG job? Mr Otunnu had denounced Ugandan Citizenship when he became Ivorian…..and became Ivorian after failing to get Namibian citizenship…..remember? I do not think that the Ugandan authorities could have been consulted at all on Mr Otunnu’s intentions. It must have been the Ivorians that ditched him, and for good reasons. Remember that he was on the shortlist of 5 possible candidates. When it came to the actual voting, his name had been dropped.
Here is an extract of the daily UN news for Tuesday, February 7, 2006….confirming Otunnu’s citizenship as a UN official….
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESMAN’S NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
ANNAN APPOINTS ENVOY FOR CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT
The Secretary-General has appointed Radhika Coomaraswamy of Sri Lanka as his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.
Coomaraswamy, a lawyer by training and currently Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, is an internationally known human rights advocate who was Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women from 1994 to 2003.
Coomaraswamy succeeds Olara Otunnu of Cote d’Ivoire, who left that position in the latter half of last year.
And by the way, Olara Otunnu attended the Moshi Conference of 1979 as a representative of Andrew Kayiira’s UFM. When is it that he onverted to UPC?
Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto