African Development Bank authorizes an independent review of the investigation clearing Akinwumi Adesina of allegations of corruption

The Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank has authorized an independent review of the investigation that cleared its President Akinwumi Adesina of allegations of corruption, nepotism and favoritism.

The Bureau said it stands by the decision of the Ethics Committee in favor of Adesina, but added that an independent reviewer will take a look at the process by which the Ethics Committee reached its determination on Adesina’s behalf.

The independent review, to last between two and four weeks, became necessary to carry all board members along, the Bureau said in a communique on Thursday.

“The Bureau reiterates that the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors performed its role on this matter in accordance with the applicable rule under Resolution B/BG/2008/11 of the Board of Governors

“The Bureau also reiterates that the Chairperson of the Bureau of the Board of Governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the Ethics Committee in accordance with the said Resolution

“However, based on the views of some Governors on the matter and the need to carry every Governor along in resolving it, the Bureau agrees to authorize an independent review of the report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors relative to the allegations considered by the Ethics Committee and the Submission made made by the President of the Bank Group thereto in the interest of due process.

“The Independent Review shall be conducted by an independent high caliber individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short-time period of not more than two to four week maximum, taking the Bank Group electoral calendar into account,” read the communique signed by Ms Niale Kaba, the Chairperson of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank.

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The Trump administration had called for an independent investigation into allegations of nepotism, favoritism and corruption against Adesina in a letter on May 22, 2020, to Ms Niale Kaba, the Chairperson of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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