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May 24, 2016
Malebona Precious Matsoso
Chairperson of the Executive Board
World Health Organization (WHO)
Avenue Appipa 20
1211 Geneva 27
I’m glad for the opportunity to write to you regarding the upcoming appointment of a new director-general of the World Health Organization. First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions in improving the South African health delivery system and also working with the World Health Organization in different capacities, including chairperson of the executive board.
According to the constitution of the World Health Organization, health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; it encompasses the social well-being of individuals. As you embark on the search for a new director-general, it came to my attention that one of the individuals who are officially seeking the position is Tedros Adhanom, the former health minister, and current foreign minister of Ethiopia. One can oppose his appointment on purely technical grounds as he had done a poor job in improving the health delivery system of Ethiopia. But, I have a far more serious concern. Madam Matsoso, please indulge as these charges are very serious. Tedros Adhanom is a member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a vey brutal ethnically based organization that has ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist for the last 25 years. TPLF has organized other ethnic parties to give itself the cover of a “coalition party.” For all intents and purposes, TPLF is the government.
TPLF controls the drug import business and they run it like the illegal drug markets here in the United States. It’s alleged that they create artificial drug shortages to take advantage of soaring drug prices. We have credible allegations that Adhanom has a financial stake in some of the pharmaceutical import companies run by this group.
Many casual observers were baffled when a health minister was appointed foreign minister; this is not a logical progression of a politician’s career. Many Ethiopia political analysts agree, however, that Adhanom, as political hack, was reworded, again, with the appointment as Ethiopia’s foreign minister. In his current position, it is alleged that Adhanom has clandestinely negotiated the capture and involuntary repatriation of Ethiopian political dissidents temporarily residing in neighboring countries under the mandate of the United Nations. There is evidence that almost all of the dissidents “bought back” from neighboring countries have been subjected to severe forms of torture.
There have been daily protests taking place in the Oromia regional state for the last seven months. According to conservative estimates, over 500, mainly young and unarmed protesters have been killed by the security forces of the regime. All international human rights organizations, the European Union, and the United States government have condemned the killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters. Adhanom is part and parcel of the regime that has inflicted so much pain on innocent civilians. As foreign minister and advisor to the prime minister of Ethiopia, Adhanom is directly implicated in these crimes against innocent civilians. Needless to say, he does not qualify to become director-general of the World Health Organization. Adhanom will tarnish the good name of the WHO and he will bring nothing but disrepute to your organization. Therefore, I urge you, Madam Matsoso, to drop his name from consideration by the world health assembly.
Former United States Senate Candidate for the State of Texas
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