A Malawian working at the United Nations in Geneva, Stanley Onjezani Kenani, has put himself in trouble after his bosses established that he has been leaking information to people about Malawi for his personal and political purposes.
Kenani who is a renowned writer and accountant by profession is said to have leaked last year’s Malawi’s delegation list to the United Nations General Assembly to members of the Press and the opposition for a reason better known to himself,contrary to the code of ethics for the body.
UN bosses in Geneva -where Kenani is based- have summoned him to a hearing , where he has to explain why he had used information privy to him to undermine a member government and state.
According to our sources, UN top officials say their organization does not operate like that; especially leaking passport numbers and names of the holders, a move which Kenani did for his personal and political gains.
Kenani’s conduct has been described as a form of espionage that put individuals at risk, as it gave room to terrorists and cyber criminals.
The UN offials are said to have established that Kenani continues to leak information to his Malawian compatriots to undermine Professor Mutharika’s government in the eyes of global stakeholders.
The UNGA list became a contentious issue because some government critics failed to differentiate the expenditure structure as they claimed that government paid for all the people on the list.
However, a clarification by UN and Foreign Affairs officials indicated that government only pair for less than 20 people while the rest were catered for by other organizations. The reason all names appeared on a single list was purely for logistical purposes.
UN statutes demand high confidentiality among employees at all times.
“United Nations personnel shall not use information that is not generally available to the public, for private gain, financial or otherwise to benefit themselves or others with whom they have personal, family or other ties, nor shall they disclose such information to the public without authorization. This duty continues to apply after the expiration of their service with United Nations,” reads a clause in the UN Code of Conduct.
Realizing that he has put himself in trouble Kenani has since deactivated his Facebook account which he has used all along to insult Professor Mutharika and his government.