Sunday, February 11, 2018

Uganda: Refugee Scam - Uncertainty Hangs Over UNHCR Boss' Job

Stephen Kafeero,

Image from article, with caption: South Sudan refugees in Uganda

Speculation is mounting within different circles that the top UN refugee boss in Uganda will be or has been recalled back to Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the ongoing probe into the refugee operations in the country.

However, the concerned official, Mr Bornwell Kantande, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Uganda, has denied the allegations. ...

Asked whether UNHCR had communicated to the government on the recall of Mr Kantande, Mr Patrick Mugoya, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he is yet to receive any communication of that effect. He instead referred Sunday Monitor to Ms Rosa Malango, the UN resident coordinator, who was unavailable for a comment.

Ms Margaret Awino Kafeero, the head of the Public Diplomacy Unit at the Foreign Affairs ministry, explained that her ministry is not involved in internal staff movements of diplomatic entities in the country.

"If UNHCR posts or recalls its officers, the notification would be sent directly to them. It would be internal to UNHCR. They would then come and inform us when seeking an appointment to bid farewell. We don't control their staff movements," she said.

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