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Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson to lead probe into AfDB allegations against Akinwumi Adesina

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Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson has been chosen to lead the panel which will investigate the allegations of corruption leveleled against President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina.

The panel is expected to deliver its findings in two to four weeks

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.

Adesina, 60, has cleared of the allegations by the AfDB’s ethics committee, but the United States is leading opposition to the report of the committee. It officially called in May for an independent investigation.

Robinson will now 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.

Ms Robinson – a lawyer by training – was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 before serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002.

The AfDB plays an important role in African economies, financing projects in agriculture, health, energy, education, transport and other development sectors. It’s shareholders include African and western nations.