The United Nations Organisation is famed for its bureaucratic labyrinth to the extent that sometimes the right hand does not know what the left is doing.
Many of its top managers do more to push their countries’ agendas than the overall mandate of the world body that is supposed to be a unifying body.
The recent unorthodox attempt by the head of Peace Keeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, to lift a travel ban imposed on the leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia, speaks volumes.
To by-pass orders and help a person one is supposed to be hunting down shows the sheer disregard that Ladsous has for the world body. But then, he is definitely not doing it solo but following a well scripted version of impunity.
FDLR has survived this long because it has powerful godfathers who have their errand boy in New York. The simple fact that Monusco has failed to pursue FDLR and instead opts to give them joy rides to Kinshasa is a pointer.
As long as the UN continues to wallow in impotence acting as a doormat to the powerful, it will continues to lose relevance in the eyes of many. It can only salvage its image if it treated all members equally and put the “sacred cow” chapter to a close.