The UN’s Maureen Achieng director of the International Organization for Migration in Ethiopia has been placed on administrative leave over her comments about the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
In a statement on Twitter, Ethiopian Prime Minister Beilin Seyoum’s spokeswoman stated that Maureen Achieng, the Ethiopian director, has been granted mandatory leave to “express the blunt truth about institutions,” and said, “Bias within the UN system.”
Seyoum noted that it was also very disturbing to expel Achieng for telling the crimes of the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Seyoum stated that the influence of senior UN officials on domestic and foreign policy should be investigated.
Some media reported that the director of the International Organization for Migration Achieng has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.
This is for conducting unauthorized interviews and accusing her colleagues at the United Nations of being supporters of the Tigray Liberation Front.
At the beginning of the month, Ethiopia declared 7 UN personnel “persona non grata” on the grounds that they had interfered in its internal affairs and had worked for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.