Ethiopia calls for investigation on WHO boss Tedros, accuses him of supporting 'terrorist' group
The Ethiopian Government has reportedly withdrawn its support for the re-election of Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus as director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) accusing him of among other things supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a proscribed terrorist group.
In a letter to the WHO Executive Board, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry called for investigations against Dr. Tedros claiming that his "moral, legal and professional standing had threatened WHO's organizational integrity."
Ethiopia claims that Dr. Tedros is an active supporter of TPLF adding that he has been meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including the country's relations with Eritrea.
"Although Ethiopia had nominated Dr. Tedros for the highest office in the global health body, he has not lived up to the integrity and professional expectations required from his office and position," the letter says.
"He has been interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including Ethiopia's relations with the State of Eritrea... He continues as an active member and supporter of TPLF that is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Ethiopian parliament."
Ethiopia further claims that Dr. Tedros has previously spread "harmful misinformation and compromised WHO's reputation, independence and credibility" adding that the WHO director general's social media postings openly endorse the terror perpetrated by TPLF against the Ethiopian people.
"...Dr. Tedros has abused his position by assigning staff in WHO's country office in Ethiopia with a task of executing the plot to inflate the emergency level in Ethiopia, from 1.8 million people to 3.8 million, to warrant humanitarian intervention," adds Ethiopia.
The Ministry adds: "Dr. Tedros uses his platform to mobilize the UN community against Ethiopia besides providing technical and financial support to the activities of the TPLF."
The Ethiopian government now wants the WHO Executive Board to commission an investigation on the Director-General "to identify his misconduct and violation of his professional and legal responsibility as provided under the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service, staff rules and regulations of WHO, and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of WHO."
The WHO is scheduled to hold its annual meeting on January 24-29 where part of the agenda will be to vet candidates for the upcoming elections for the director-general due in May.
The candidature of Tedros for re-election has been supported by Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana as well as the European Union, Barbados, Bahrain, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, Oman, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.