UN Des­salegne leaves Eswa­tini, re­tires

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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