UN cover-up over corrupt links between its Burundi staff and Hutu-extremist war criminals
Click here to email UN Burundi spokesman Penangnini Toure and ask him about the progress of the corruption investigation allegedly under way
The United Nations office in Burundi (ONUB), under the management of Carolyn MacAskie, admitted last month that the peacekeeping uniforms found in the possession of FNL War Crimes suspect Aloys Nzabampema belonged to them. Nzabampema later stated that he had obtained them from a Burundian employee of the South African peacekeeping contingent. It would appear that the FNL had been using the uniforms as disguises, during their ongoing campaign of civilian killings.
ONUB spokesman Penangnini Touré claimed that his office was carrying out an investigation into the corruption scandal. It now appears that Penangnini Touré's claim was a fraudulent one. There is no evidence whatsoever that any kind of investigation has taken place. ONUB has made no further statement on the issue since mid-November, when it "severely warned" the Burundian media against accusing it of complicity with the FNL, and have failed to respond to all requests for information about their alleged investigation. It appears that they are hoping that Burundians, and the wider international community will allow them quietly to forget this latest scandal. Click here to email UN Burundi spokesman Penangnini Toure and ask him what evidence he can provide to substaniate his assertion that the United Nations is investigating the corrupt links between UN staff and Palipehutu-FNL?
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