How the UN Covered Up a Cholera Epidemic in Zimbabwe

Title courtesy of The Atlantic, whose story (by Amin Rosen) details the how the United Nations chief official in Zimbabwe” decided that his own closeness with ZANU-PF overrode his responsibility to the UN’s missions and values.”

ZANU-PF is the criminal organization – errrrrr, political party – run by dictator Robert Mugabe. Apparently, Agostinho Zacarias (and his UN buddies back in New York) felt keeping Mugabe happy was worth letting hundreds of Zimbabweans die. When Georges Tadonki said otherwise, he was fired.

Under the bizarre nature of UN procedure – which exempts the organization from being sued – Tadonki had to search for recompense from a panel internal to the UN. As Rosen himself puts it:

Because the UN cannot be sued, tribunals convened by the UN itself deal with employment claims, pseudo-courts that don’t adhere to several important aspects of accepted U.S. and European legal procedure.

So it’s significant the tribunal’s 104-page ruling in this case is such a damning survey of misplaced priorities and institutional rot.

Significant indeed.

Of course, the UN is appealing the ruling, and Zacarias still has a cushy job with them.

I had always felt the UN was too incompetent, and its people too lacking in intelligence, to be a serious danger. In light of this, I may have to question that assumption: incompetence and stupidity combined with favoritism killed at least 4,000 in Zimbabwe alone.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal