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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Whistle-blowers: AfDB Governors sets up Independent Experts - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:

Rising from its meeting of July 1, 2020, the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group has set up three-member independent experts in response to Whistle-Blowers complaint against the President of the bank, reports ITREALMS.

Also, the Bureau recalled its communiqué issued on June 4th 2020 informing the general public of its decision to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors relative to the allegations made by Whistle blowers.
ITREALMS gathered from the Communique that the Bureau agreed on the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review at its meetings of 18 June 2020 and 1st July 2020 and selected three persons namely, Mrs. Mary Robinson, Mr. Hassan B. Jallow and Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy to constitutea High-Level Panel of Independent Experts to conduct the said Review – individuals with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and professional integrity. The panel will be chaired by Mrs. Robinson.

Equally, 
ITREALMS recollects that 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.

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.

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

“The Bureau expresses its utmost trust and confidence in the Panel’s ability to successfully carry out this important assignment and reaffirms its commitment to fully assisting the Panel in the process,” the communique signed by the Bureau chairperson, Ms. Niale KABA, Governor for Côte d’Ivoire; First Vice Chairperson, Mr. Christian ASINELLI, Alternate Governor for Argentina, and Second Vice Chairperson, Mr. Penda ITHINDI, Temporary Governor for Namibia.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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