Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Mary Robinson will lead the probe alongside Gambia's chief justice and the World Bank's integrity vice president
Mary Robinson will lead the probe alongside Gambia's chief justice and the World Bank's integrity vice president

ABIDJAN - Ireland's former president Mary Robinson will lead a panel to investigate the leader of the African Development Bank (AfDB), accused by whistleblowers of corruption, the bank said.

Akinwumi Adesina, 60, a charismatic speaker known for his elegant suits and bow ties, became the first Nigerian to helm the AfDB in 2015 -- but a 15-page report earlier this year claimed that under his watch the bank had been tarred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment and favouritism.

He was cleared by the organisation's ethics committee, but international pressure has mounted with the United States calling in May for an independent investigation.

Robinson will lead the probe, alongside Gambia's Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank's integrity vice president Leonard McCarthy, the bank's board of governors said in a release on Wednesday.

The governors of the AfDB, one of the world's five largest multilateral development lenders, expressed "their complete confidence" in the panel.

Robinson -- a barrister by training -- led Ireland from 1990 to 1997 before serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002.

The inquiry is due to deliver its findings in two to four weeks.

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

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Japan enacts law to make vaccines free to residents

Japan's parliament enacted a law Wednesday to cover the costs for residents to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, as hopes grow for the early arrival of vaccines following recent reports of progress amid a resurgence of infections.

19:52

Back to Lat Phrao

Demonstrators occupied Lat Phrao intersection to oust the prime minister hours after the Constitutional Court's ruling on his army house case.

19:34

BTS, Taylor Swift beaten as Spotify’s most-streamed artist in Hong Kong

Canto-pop singer Eason Chan was the most-streamed artist in Hong Kong for the fifth consecutive year, streaming service Spotify revealed this week.

19:15