UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN employees are expected to issue an unprecedented vote of no confidence in Secretary-General Kofi Annan, union sources say, after he pardoned the body’s top oversight official over a series of allegations.
The UN staff union, in what officials said was the first vote of its kind in the more than 50-year history of the United Nations, was set to approve a resolution withdrawing support for the embattled Annan and senior UN management.
Annan has been in the line of fire over a high-profile series of scandals including controversy about a UN aid programme that investigators say allowed deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to embezzle billions of dollars.
Staffers said the trigger for the no-confidence measure was an announcement this week that Annan had pardoned the UN’s top oversight official, who was facing allegations of favouritism and sexual harassment.
The UN’s record in peacekeeping missions is abominable. The Oil For Food program only benefited Saddam and a few key favorites on Annan’s staff. Everywhere the UN goes, the trade in illegal drugs and sex slaves flourishes.
Why do we continue to soil our hands by dealing with this gang of criminals?