Adesina exonerated by AfDB independent review committee

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ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST - SEPTEMBER 1: The new president of the African Development Bank (AFDB) Akinwum Adesina delivers a speech during his investiture ceremony on September 1, 2015, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Cyrille Bah / Anadolu Agency No third party sales.

Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the Africa Development Bank, has been exonerated of all charges by the independent review panel led by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, TheCable can report.

This clears the way for Adesina, who is the sole candidate for the upcoming election, to seek a second term.

Some whistleblower allegations of favouritism had been levelled against Adesina and although he had been cleared by the ethics committee of the bank, the US had requested for an independent investigation saying it was not satisfied with the report of the committee.

In a June 5 communique signed by Niale Kaba, chairperson of the bureau of the board of governors, the bureau said it had agreed to authorise an independent review of the committee’s report in the interest of due process and the “need to carry every governor along in resolving it”.

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