AfDB Constitutes A 3-Man Panel To Re-Examine Allegations Against Akinwunmi Adesina

Adewumi Adesina
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has constituted a three-man panel to look into the whistle-blower’s complaint against President of the bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

The Bank’s Bureau expresses its utmost trust and confidence in the Panel’s ability to successfully carry out this important assignment.

Adesina was cleared by the AfDB ethics committee, but international pressure has mounted with the United States calling in May 2020 for an independent investigation.

The governors of the multilateral institution agreed to an independent review of the whistleblower’s allegations at its meetings of 18 June 2020 and 1st July 2020 and named the three-man panel as Mrs. Mary Robinson, Mr. Hassan B. Jallow, and Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy.

They are to constitute a High-Level Panel of Independent Experts to conduct the said review. The three-man panel is made up of individuals with unquestionable experience, a high international reputation, and professional integrity.

The panel will be chaired by Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Mary Robinson is a Barrister by profession and is a former President of the Republic of Ireland.

She was also the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She, among other numerous global and national responsibilities, is the Chairperson of the Elders, a global body of wise persons concerned about the wellbeing of the world.

Justice Hassan B. Jallow is a former Attorney General (https://bit.ly/3irnkEb) and Minister of Justice (https://bit.ly/2VGG5K7) of the Republic of the Gambia as well as a former Justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia (https://bit.ly/3irnxXZ). In 2003 he was appointed as a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (https://bit.ly/2YSr75N) and later that year as the Prosecutor of the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On 5 February 2017, Justice Jallow was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Gambia (https://bit.ly/2ZsyYpK).

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Leonard F. McCarthy is a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Director for the Office of Serious Economic Offences, and a former Head of the Directorate of Special Operations of South Africa. He served as the Integrity Vice President of the World Bank for nine years. Mr. McCarthy is currently the President of LFMcCarthy Associates, Inc., an integrity risk management company based in Washington, D.C, USA.

The panel is expected to submit its report to the Bureau within a period of two to four weeks maximum.

The AfDB plays an important behind-the-scenes role in African economies, financing projects in agriculture, health, energy, education, transport, and other development sectors


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