UN Dessalegne leaves Eswatini, retires
he United Nations Resident Coordinator Israel Dessalegne has retired and has since left the country.
He will be relocating to Johannesburg, South Africa today. The coordinator joined the UN in the country in 2012.
Speaking during his farewell function, Dessalegne acknowledged Emaswati for their enormous resilience. He said the country was once hit hard by the HIV epidemic which nearly brought the nation to its knees.
“I was so inspired by the country’s resilience, Eswatini has bravely bounced back
Tfrom the gruesome attack of the HIV epidemic that almost saw the nation parish,” he said.
Dessalegne highlighted how every Liswati has been affected by the deadly virus, from being HIV positive to having a close relative or a spouse that is positive. He said everyone in the country is connected to HIV one way or the other.
He urged the nation to keep up the resilience spirit; it is one of the key components of having a developed state by 2022.
Moreover, Chairman of the Federation of UN Staff Association Lucas Jele recognised Dessalegne as an exceptional leader and mentor.
“Over the past six years, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and has been a mentor to many. We are so honoured to have shared the past six years with you and words are not enough to express how much we are going to miss you,” Jele said.
The chairman said they would forever cherish all the lessons learnt while under Dessslegne’s leadership. He added that Dessalegne vastly contributed in empowering and lifting up staff members during their individual challenges and needs.