Two days ago I wondered why the International Rescue Committee*** statement on Trump’s budget cuts did not feature newshound David Miliband (IRC CEO) making the comments against the President.
Look at this!
Headline from the UK Daily Mail yesterday. I guess he had bigger problems bubbling up than Trump’s budget this week:
Charity fronted by former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband ‘hushed up 37 allegations of fraud, sex abuse and bribery’
Government ministers froze funding to a charity led by David Miliband after it silenced 37 sex abuse, fraud and bribery allegations, it has been claimed.
The International Rescue Committee, which is headed by the former Labour foreign secretary, was given millions in taxpayers’ cash before the allegations were made.
A team from the IRC was sent to probe claims of wrongdoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Readers should know that refugees from the DR Congo are among the top numbers arriving in the US right now.—-ed]
This is the first time I learned that the IRC, besides getting nearly a half a billion US dollars in less than five years from US taxpayers, is also feeding off UK taxpayers.
Yet a leaked report from the Department of International Development (Dfid) shows the funding to the charity was cut after ‘direct reporting of sexual harassment and fraud’.
A Dfid spokesman told The Sun: ‘DFID became aware of serious allegations relating to this programme in August 2016.
‘The Department acted swiftly to ensure the reported misconduct was fully and comprehensively addressed by the IRC and relevant authorities.’
Mr Miliband left politics and joined the IRC in 2013 shortly after losing the Labour leadership election to his brother Ed [Ed’s nickname is ‘Red Ed’—ed]. He remains in the post today.
He is mentioned by name in the report, although there is no suggestion he is involved in any alleged wrongdoing.
Doing well by doing good!
The Daily Mail mentions Miliband’s huge salary (in the last reported tax year it was $671,749)!
Any real investigative reporters out there?
We have a very large archive on the life and times of Moneybags Miliband as head of the IRC in Manhattan, click here.
Do not miss this post: Miliband: We must embrace political Islamism.
And here he was the first contractor in 2015 to call for the US to resettle 65,000 Syrians (vast majority are Muslims).
The ol’ gang is breaking up, is Miliband next to depart?
***The International Rescue Committee is the largest (financially) of the nine contractors that resettle refugees in the US.
Recently, we reported that two of the nine have lost their CEO’s under questionable circumstances, see USCRI (Lavinia Limon) here and then just yesterday we learned that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service CEO Linda Hartke is out.