As we announced yesterday, it is the irish Mary Robinson, who has been co-opted by mrs. Kaba Nialé, chair of the bureau of the council of governors, to lead the “independent review of the report of the ethics committee” on 16 allegations raised by the whistleblowers against the president Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank (AFDB). The complaint had been the subject of a report by the ethics committee which had cleared the president Adesina of all of the allegations. But, under american pressure, which demanded an independent investigation, the board of governors is committed to an independent review of the report of the ethics committee.
The choice of the former prime minister of Ireland, the ancient sent of the secretary-general of the united nations for the great lakes, is to the detriment of the south african Leonard Mccarthy, an international expert in the field of ethics and rules and procedures anti-corruption with a reputation gained the hard way in Washington.
In fact, Leonard Maccarthy was from 2008 to 2017, vice-president of the World Bank in charge of the Integrity. Acclaimed by Nelson Mandela, and adored by Tabo Mbeki, this rough profile, to the head of the firm LFMcCarthy Associates, was for a long time tipped to lead this mission before being discarded at the last minute in favour of the irish.
The academic competence and practice Mary Robinson is, after all, outside of reproach, although it has the characteristic of being president of “The Elders”, a network where she sits with the ex-president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize, which is part of the group of 11 former heads of State who signed a letter of support for the president Adesina. Most politician as a consultant and practitioner of law, Mary Robinson has a good reputation but it has never carried out such work and do not have extensive experience in this area.
Once the choice is validated, it should consider the scope and timing of the mission is supposed to be in driving distance, covid-19 requires, to be presented in the form of a report before the general meeting elected the ADB. Who will be the main interlocutor of Mary Robinson ?
In principle, it is the auditor general of the AFDB, Okonkwo Chukwuna, 61-year-old should be in the first row view the contents desddites allegations. Only problem is, this nigeriano-american, appointed by Kaberuka in 2015, has seen his contract expired a few days ago. The natural interlocutor of mrs. Mary Robinson happens to renew his contract in time to assist in the conduct of the report to good port ?