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UN's man Warren faces axe within weeks

THE troubled career of Richard Warren, CMAC's United Nations Development Programme

(UNDP) Programme Coordinator, is set to come to an abrupt end within weeks.

Ieng Mouly, Chairman of CMAC's Governing Council, made clear in an interview with

the Post on Tuesday that Warren would be dismissed almost immediately after the release

of the second KPMG audit of CMAC finances.

"The [UNDP] Programme Coordinator will be replaced after the audit is finished,"

Mouly said. "We may have to find a temporary replacement [for Warren] while

we recruit a new Programme Coordinator."

The audit results are expected to be released in early September.

The confirmation of Warren's impending dismissal marks the culmination of weeks of

controversy surrounding the UNDP Programme Coordinator that began with Ieng Mouly's

aborted move to have Warren fired in mid-June.

UNDP overruled Mouly's request and Warren later told the Post that UNDP had arranged

for him to stay in his position at least until the release of the second KPMG audit.

Warren's fortunes fell further in late July when the Post published excerpts from

official "Closing Reports" of three former CMAC Senior Technical Advisors

(STAs) Caroline Muller, Stuart Press and Tom McCartern, who resigned en masse following

prolonged disagreement with Warren over the pace and substance of reform within CMAC.

They accused Warren of obstructing their reform efforts, and most seriously, of blocking

STA Finance Caroline Muller from access to CMAC's books of account.

The comments of Muller, Press and McCartern were the first on-the-record articulation

of widespread disaffection with Warren and his management style amongst CMAC Technical

Advisors.

UNDP itself has been castigated by CMAC insiders for both renewing Warren's contract

in June without consultation with CMAC Technical Advisors as well as failing to meet

with Muller, Press and McCartern following their resignations.

Warren refused to comment on the allegations at the time of publication, but has

since been quoted in the local press as describing the STAs accusations as "defamatory".

Subsequent attempts by the Post to allow Warren to respond to the charges of the

three STAs as well as to confirm his approaching dismissal were unsuccessful.

UNDP's Acting Resident Representative, Jean Claude Rogivue, whose reference to successive

revelations of fraud and mismanagement within CMAC as "turbulence" enraged

CMAC personnel, has been equally tight-lipped about the controversy surrounding UNDP's

stewardship of CMAC.

Promises made by Rogivue over the past four weeks to meet with the Post to discuss

criticism of Warren and UNDP have not been kept.

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