Ondieki un­fairly sacked as the UN shows dis­re­spect

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

I have been fol­low­ing with keen in­ter­est the rag­ing de­bate on whether or not Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta acted within the law when he is­sued the di­rec­tive for the with­drawal of Kenyan troops from South Su­dan. The Pres­i­dent’s ac­tion came in the wake of the sack­ing of UN Mis­sion in South Su­dan com­man­der Lt Gen John­son Ondieki. From what has tran­spired since then, it is ev­i­dent the Pres­i­dent didn’t take ightly the man­ner in which the UN han­dled the dis­missal. It is claimed the UN team did not fol­low the laid down pro­ce­dures dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions lev­eled against the com­man­der. The team did not in­vite him to give his re­sponses. The UN summary re­port cited weak­nesses at all lev­els of the UN’s mis­sion struc­ture as the cause of at­tacks on civil­ians. So why tar­get the Kenyan com­man­der? The ac­tion by UN demon­strated ut­ter dis­re­spect and bu­reau­cratic ar­ro­gance.

JOSEPH NDONGA Nairobi

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