Author Topic: CTA’s refusal to give answers about Penpa Tsering’s ousting raises more question  (Read 205 times)

christine V

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All i can say is Ouch to Penpa Tsering

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By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 9 November 2017

The Deputy President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Karma Gelek convened a press conference concerning the dismissal of the current Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, but didn’t provide any information about it.

Kashag (the Exile Tibetan Cabinet) has asked Penpa Tsering to leave the post at the end of this month. The current Education Minister of CTA Ngodup Tsering will take charge in his place.

Gelek’s dissembling press conference created more confusion than clarity as to why Penpa Tsering has been relieved of his duties.

He said that Penpa Tsering had been served three warning notices asking him to mend his ways regarding the performance of his duties. He refused to give any details what the warnings were about, saying that it was an internal matter.

This reporter requested Gelek to take two questions, but he said that journalists were to ask only one question each, and that the press conference had to be finished in ten minutes.

As this story would remain incomplete without getting answers to the two questions, this reporter walked out to express dissatisfaction with Gelek’s overbearing manner.

On Tuesday CTA President Lobsang Sangay had no comments when journalists asked him questions after Penpa Tsering’s ouster was announced.

During the elections last year, differences between Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering, the two contenders for the post of Sikyong (President of the Central Tibetan Administration), led to discord in the exile Tibetan community.

The Dalai Lama, who has retired as the political leader of exile Tibetans, but still remains as the head of state of the Tibetan people, gave a dressing-down to both the men for their aggressive election campaigning, causing disharmony in the exile Tibetan community.

It is believed that at the suggestion of the Dalai Lama, Lobsang Sangay appointed Penpa Tsering as the Representative of North America to pacify the divided exile Tibetan community.

It seems that Penpa Tsering has now been dismissed in a continuation of election grudges.

There are rumours on the Internet that Penpa Tsering faced this retribution after they engaged in a squabble during a meeting of the Representatives of the various Offices of Tibet after the 5/50 Conference in Dharamshala a month ago.

Penpa Tsering is said to have raised the issue at the meeting of a loan taken for purchase of a new building to house the Office of Tibet in Washington DC. A loan of 1.5 million dollars was taken from Tibet Fund is not being shown in any Office of Tibet’s records for remittance. The purchase was made during the term of Tsering’s predecessor Kaydor Aukatsang, who is a close friend of Sangay.

One of the questions this reporter intended to ask was concerning this issue.

There is growing call for the Kashag to reveal the reasons for Penpa Tsering’s dismissal. Due to the Kashag’s unaccountable behaviour, there are more questions than answers.

Copyright © 2017 Tibet Sun

Ringo Starr

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Here's some documents regarding this rather mysterious loan.

The loan first appeared in The Tibet Fund's 2014 audited financial statement and remains to date at US$1,500,000

Ringo Starr

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The notes to the loan reveal that it is made to the Tibetan Community Development Fund with a very long repayment period.

Ringo Starr

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Here are the details of the borrower of the US$1,500,000 - Tibetan Community Development Fund Inc.

Kalsang Aukasang is the principal officer of the fund.

It last filed IRS Form 990-N in 2013.
That was before the loan was taken in 2014

Ringo Starr

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A search of IRS Form 990 for the Tibetan Community Development Fund Inc. using
its EIN number 13-4104757 obtains no results.

All exempt organizations are required to file IRS Form 990-N or Form 990.

Ringo Starr

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The Tibet Fund's 2016 audited accounts still show the loan to be outstanding.

Where has the debtor gone?

Celia

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The only silver lining to this fiasco is that more and more “interesting tidbits” of the unsavoury deeds of the parties involved which were suppressed or hidden will somehow surface for all to see during the crossfire.

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@Ringo Starr, thank you for the documents and trail of the mysterious USD 1.5 m. That is real magic going on there. The real fireworks will start when the IRS starts auditing the accounts of the Tibetan Community Development Fund Inc as the last IRS Form 990-N was filed in 2013.

So, is the CTA making a bid to sweep the issue under the carpet and keep it there, hoping that it will go away?

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Wow! These are "interesting" news! These are not 1.5 Million Rupees but USD!

Obviously, there is a lot going wrong in the CTA and who pays the bill??

Celia

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The only silver lining to this fiasco is that more and more “interesting tidbits” of the unsavoury deeds of the parties involved which were suppressed or hidden will somehow surface for all to see during the crossfire.

As foreseen, more dramas unfolding for all to see with the first shot fired officially by CTA: https://www.tibetsun.com/news/2017/11/18/kashags-clarification-on-decision-to-replace-north-america-representative

It does not take a genius to figure out that unity is crucial to the success of any governmental organisation, more so in the case of Tibetan leadership. Yet, this fiasco confirms the real situation with Tibetan elected officials who prioritize politicking, constant infighting and petty bickering over carrying out their actual responsibilities and promises towards Tibetans. How would Tibetans have any chance of success under this kind of "leadership" from CTA?