Migiro leaves UN post

Dr Migiro
Dr Asha-Rose Migiro is leaving her high profile posting as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.  Having served the UN for five years as the second in command following a surprise appointment in 2007, she is expected home in the next few weeks. 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed her upon his election to succeed Dr Kofi Annan, possibly as a reward to Tanzania, which was said to have played a key role in helping the former South Korean foreign minister win the job. Dr Migiro was the first woman to land the post.

A former foreign minister herself, she is leaving at a time when Mr Ki Moon is lining up a new team to carry forward his agenda after he was re-elected last year for a second and final five-year term.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr John Haule, confirmed the news yesterday.  The PS said Dr Migiro’s tour of duty at the New York based UN headquarters was over. “We have not received an official document from the UN, but I’m aware that her tenure is almost ending,” Mr Haule said on the phone. “She also confirmed this development on Thursday.”

Source: The Citizen www.thecitizen.co.tz  reported by By Mkinga Mkinga
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