AU commission boss faces charges of nepotism, cronyism

Moussa Faki Mahamat. Photo : REUTERS

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – As the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) entered its second and last day today, Friday, AU Commission Chair is struggling to dodge accusation of nepotism and cronyism.

A leading South Africa newspaper on Friday quoted diplomatic sources linking AU boss Moussa Faki Mahamat to acts of nepotism and sexual harassment within the continental, organization.

South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper alleges that Mr. Mahamat’s assistant, Thomas Kwesi-Quartey had written to the Ghanaian president “revealing deep divisions within the senior leadership of the AU and shedding more light on previous reports of nepotism and sexual harassment”.

The report recounted that in a letter dated 6 November 2018 Kwesi-Quartey says that the chairperson had gone over his head to appoint an “old crony” as AU Ambassador to Brussels.

Ahmat Awad Sakine, a Chadian diplomat, was appointed as the AU’s permanent representative to the European Union in September 2017.

The Mail & Guardian says that the authenticity of the letter was initially confirmed by Kwesi-Quartey’s spokesperson, Doreen Appolus.

But in a text message several hours later, she retracted the confirmation. AU commission chair Faki declined to comment, South Africa’s Mail and Guardian said

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