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AU delays release of investigative report

The African Union is once again delaying the release of a report organized by a panel set to look into allegations made against its leadership by its female employees. This comes after the chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, announced that he will release the report “within three weeks” at a press conference attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres in July this year.

“The Panel had asked for an extension to complete its work which is still underway,” Ebba Kalondo, the spokesperson of Faki, told The Reporter.

The finding of the panel was to be in response to a petition signed by dozens of women within the Peace and Security Commission. The complainants had asked the chairperson and its current president, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, to order an immediate investigation and address the matter urgently.

The complaint had focused on two actors of AU, including Smail Chergui, the head of the department and Amine Idriss Adoum, the director for the administration and human resource management, accusing both of discrimination against female employees. In addition, the petition called for the chair to take an immediate action and not be indifferent with their issues.

“The AU Ethics Office and the AUC staff association have detailed to you the cases and patterns of corruption, manipulation, malpractice in recruitment, short listing and interview in administration and human resources of the commission, but you have done nothing about it to date,” the unanimous complaint said.  “We, female employees of the AU commission, are totally appalled by the entrenchment of professional apartheid against female employees in the commission as manifested in the peace and Security department”.

The Reporter, through his spokesperson had asked for an interview with the chair, but has not been granted as of press time.