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US, African Development Bank Face Off

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US call for investigation of the president of the African Development Bank rejected as interference

The Trump administration’s call for an independent investigation of allegations against the president of the African Development Bank elicited sharply worded protests from Africans and African-Americans alike.

Accusations of U.S. “meddling,” “bullying,” “hypocrisy,” “witch hunt” and “neocolonialism” came swiftly after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin formally rejected the bank’s Ethics Committee that “totally exonerated” Akinwumi Adesina of improper conduct, and called for an external probe.

The face-off between the US administration and the bank comes amid growing calls from Africans and people of African descent for Africa to stand firm against foreign agendas that do not align with the continent’s self-determined development goals. Pan-Africans contend that… READ MORE

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