Entertainment BAD: a trio of personalities to investigate the accusations against President Adesina

18:50  02 july  2020
18:50  02 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The election of the next president of the African Development Bank is due to take place in August. For the moment, the current leader, the Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina, is the only candidate for his succession. But he is accused of favoritism and failure to fulfill his obligations. An independent investigation has been launched and the former Irish President, Mary Robinson, will head the panel of experts charged with conducting it.

We expected to be appointed by a single investigator . The ADB’s Board of Governors’ office eventually retained three independent figures to investigate the favoritism and prevarication charges brought against Akinwumi Adesina by whistleblowers inside the Pan African bank.

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Leading the trio, Marie Robinson, the former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. To support this lawyer by profession, Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, who currently presides over the Supreme Court of The Gambia and former prosecutor before the Criminal Court for Rwanda (ICTR), as well as Leonard McCarthy, former vice-president for integrity at the World Bank.

An election in two months

The work of this panel of personalities from outside the AfDB is to shed light on the conclusions of a first internal investigation . The ethics committee had exonerated Akinwumi Adesina, but the finding was rejected by the whistleblowers behind the case, as well as by the United States, the AfDB's second largest shareholder after Nigeria.

The three investigators have two to four weeks to report. An expected report since in less than two months, the Pan-African financial institution must elect its president. The Nigerian's re-election seemed assured six months ago, reinforced by the absence of a competitor. The fate of Akinwumi Adesina will now depend on the report of the team of independent investigators.

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