UN to replace Somalia special envoy Mahiga, who next?

(Un/SunaTimes)The United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia Ambassador Augustine Mahiga will be sacked by the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, after the lose of public confidence in his policy to Somalia.

Ban Ki-moon had learnt a quick lesson from the diplomatic failure and the growing public anger against his envoy, as he had made no progress on his work for the past 12 months in United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).

UN sources say that the secretary-general will also reshuffle half of the senior officials from UN agencies in Somalia including UNPOS, OCHA, UNDP, WHO, and UNICEF after the widespread political and financial corruption allegations.

Analysts say Amb. Mahiga will probably be replaced by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Nigerian veteran diplomat, who is currently the Special Adviser for the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the International Compact with Iraq and other issues.

Former Nigerian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gambari is a Muslim, who can fully understand the Muslim communities as he is now in Sudan, as Joint Special Representative of the African Union – United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Angry protesters burn Mahiga’s poster during demonstrations in Mogadishu, Nairobi, J’burg, Cairo, Sydney, London, Rome, Stockhlom, MN and Toronto on Friday and on Sunday loudly shouting  ““The Somali people are against the so-called envoy. We call the secretary general of United Nations to fire him. We completely don’t recognize him”

The bitterness of the Somali people against Ambassador Mahiga follows his apparent intervention in Somalia policy through the “Kampala Accord” which says “Within 30-days of the signing of the agreement, the Prime Minister (Mohamed Abdullaahi Farmajo), will resign from his position; and the president will appoint a new Prime Minister” which ruffled the cool of Somalis.

A majority of Somalia people view the PM Mohamed as a results oriented administrator who had achieved a lot for the people within a short period in office.

Ambassador Mahiga’s intervention is perceived as a travesty of Somali sovereignty.

In the two days running demonstrations Somalis expressed their anger at the Kampala agreement: “Farmajo is our Prime Minister, not the UN Prime Minister which Mahiga can dismiss, he is our hero and we are with him.”

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