Uhuru’s appointment as Unicef’s global champion for youth empowerment flies in the face of all tenets of democracy and human dignity, which the global body purports to espouse. Such an honour to a president who is in office illegitimately, after presiding over a blatantly stolen election on 8/8/2017, is a demeaning slap in the face of the Kenyan people and humanity in general.
Lest we forget, Uhuru congratulated his police for a job well-done, after they killed the Kenyan youth who were protesting against the sham elections.To make him a global champion for youth empowerment when he presided over the killing and maiming of the same youth in his own backyard is the worst paradox of the century.
How do you even begin juxtaposing the name UHURU and words like YOUTH EMPOWERMENT in the same sentence, when we all know that majority of Kenyan youth are wallowing in massive unemployment and his watch? Perhaps the question I should be asking is: when did UNICEF become a sh**-hole organisation?
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus had appointed Mugabe, the 93-year-old ancestor who happened to be the world’s oldest head state by then, a goodwill ambassador in a conference on non-communicable diseases in Uruguay.
The appointment immediately triggered a flood of outrage and concern from international leaders and health experts. Throughout his long reign as president of Zimbabwe, just like many other African heads of state including Uhuru Kenyatta, Mugabe has been criticized at home for going overseas for medical treatment, while Zimbabwe’s once-booming economy went to the dogs and the country’s health care system became shambolic. Mugabe was also facing U.S. sanctions over his government’s human rights abuses.
The United States termed Mugabe’s appointment by WHO’ as first African leader “disappointing.” A terse statement from the State Department said in part, “This appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity,” It would interest you to know that, up to date, the United States has remained tight-lipped on Uhuru Kenyatta’s latest appointment by UNICEF.
Health and human rights leaders were not left behind in the criticism of the appointment Mugabe. Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a major British charitable foundation quipped that “The decision to appoint Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador is deeply disappointing and wrong,” He went ahead to add that, “Robert Mugabe fails in every way to represent the values WHO should stand for.”
If one may ask, What is so different between Uhuru Kenyatta and Robert Mugabe in terms of their human rights record? As a Kenyan, I feel disappointed and cheated by UNICEF’s appointment of Mr Kenyatta especially at a time when the ratings of his human rights record back home are at an all-time low!
Many Kenyan patriots expect a global outcry (like the one that followed Mugabe’s appointment as WHO’s goodwill ambassador last year) to greet Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment by UNICEF. The loud silence on this issue, especially from the United States of America speaks volumes about the superpower’s signature double standards.
Uhuru’s regime killed innocent youth in the chaotic protests which followed his sham re-election last year. Making him UNICEF’s Global Champion for Youth Empowerment is despicable, to say the least. It’s like appointing the hyena a champion for goats’ rights and empowerment.
Gilbert Kenya is a graduate of Political Science and Communications (Double Major) from The University of Nairobi. He is a passionate website content developer, SEO writer, copywriter, and copy editor.
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