|UN Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha Rose Migiro|
Kutoka The Citizen
Saturday, 21 January 2012
By Mkinga Mkinga
The Citizen Reporter
Dar es Salaam. - 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
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.”
The PS noted that the UN was undergoing major reforms that were bound
to affect its offices worldwide under the “Delivering as One”
programme. “But we at the foreign affairs are not the spokespersons on
Dr Migiro,” Mr Haule added.
Separately, a source in Washington told The Citizen yesterday that
news of her imminent departure from UN was circulating among close
friends and Tanzanians living in the city.
“We have heard that she applied for an extension of her contract,”
said one of the sources in an email communication.* “But that is
likely not going to happen as sources close to her say she is planning
to return home.”
Dr Migiro is said to be in the process or organising how one of her
children, who is enrolled in school in New York, can complete her
studies without interruption.
She was the third deputy secretary-general and the first African woman
to hold the prestigious post that was established by the General
Assembly at the end of 1997 as part of reforms in the United Nations
to help manage secretariat operations and ensure coherence of
activities and programmes. The position was also meant to elevate the
organisation's profile and leadership in the economic and social
In his New Year address, Mr Ban said he intended to build a new team
that was strong on substance and diverse in composition—what he called
“a team that works as one”.
He added: “Leading by example, I have placed priority on mobility,
combining fresh perspectives and institutional continuity and
With these criteria in mind, he said, he was undertaking a thorough
review of the entire team and its management structure.