The United Nations (UN) has released a management report indicating that a number of staff have been fired for gross misconduct, at a time when the human rights’ intergovernmental organisation is under scrutiny following allegations of employees and mission troops malpractice.
Just recently, a Kenyan woman exposed her husband based at UNEP in Nairobi over mistreatment and domestic violence claims.
In the report by the UN Under-Secretary General for Management, four employees were sent packing after they were found with pornographic material stored in their work computers, one of them involving a child. They are said to have shared the images by UN email.
According to AFP, the report listed 60 cases of misconduct or possible crimes committed by some of the UN’s 40,000 staff between June 2014 and July 2015.
Other reasons staff members of the prestigious employer were sacked for were:
-Transporting about 173 kilograms of marijuana in a UN vehicle.
-One ex-employee “repeatedly threatened to kill or suggested that he could arrange to kill the head of mission” where he worked.
-Trying to attack a colleague with a knife
-Stealing $2,200 from the luggage of a passenger traveling on a UN flight
-Driving a tractor toward the office of a supervisor “with the intent of damaging the office and injuring the supervisor”.
-Four employees were found to have stolen fuel, tires or paper.
The report however did not outline where the staff who suffered disciplinary action were located.
Eight of the 60 were turned over to the authorities of their countries of origin for prosecution, although it was not clear whether they have faced any trial.