AIDS-Free World Directors Ask For Removal Of U.N. Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Paula Donovan and Stephen Lewis, co-directors of AIDS-Free World, state, “We write to you out of deep concern regarding Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the wake of Uganda’s passage of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s reprehensible silence, and her ongoing position as a senior adviser to President Museveni, threaten to undermine the credibility and independence of the United Nations. We urge you to terminate her position as Special Envoy and appoint an impartial advocate for the rights of all Africans. … Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s split loyalty presents an obvious conflict of interest that has damaged her credibility. Continued inaction by your office risks damaging yours as well” (2/26).