UN replaces Tibaijuka By Citizen Correspondent, Dave Opiyop, Nairobi Prof Anna Tibaijuka has been replaced as the Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi. The position has consequently been taken over by Mr Achim Steiner, who is also the United Nation�s Environmental Programme Executive Director. Prof Tibaijuka however retains her post as the Executive Director of UN Habitat. The changes, which were effected on March 1, were done by UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon. However, on Tuesday, a section of the UN staff led by their Union President Mrs Rhoda Atana, protested at the move to replace Mrs Tibaijuka terming this as unfair. And they took issue with process to replace Mrs Tibaijuka saying it lacked respect for �gender and diversity� principles within the UN system. "Where is that gender and geographic balance where the only UN headquarter duty station headed by a woman is transferred to a man with no justification?" she posed. Added Mrs Atana: "Where does the Secretary General's report on improvement of the status of women in the UN system, discussed at the 63rd of the General Assembly, take us?" "We have nothing against Mr Steiner, but are disturbed by the process followed in the replacement of Mrs Tibaijuka," said Mrs Atana. She went on: "We have high confidence in the Office of Secretary General (Ban Ki-moon) but we would like to express our utmost confidence in Mrs Tibaijuka"s performance." Mrs Atana, who was addressing the media at the Unep Complex in Gigiri, expressed concern with the criteria used in replacing her as Director General of the UN Nairobi office. The timing of her replacement, she added, was wrong coming at a time when the UN Habitat Governing Council was scheduled to meet at the end of the month. "This does not augur well for her... she has worked hard to reform Unon and would have concluded her term with even greater reforms," said Mrs Atana.