African Union team have accused their employer of corruption, cronyism and also an overall collapse of leadership. They say that AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat is associated with a “mafia-style” cartel that operates with immunity at the greatest degrees of the establishment.

The allegations were made in an interoffice memorandum that was dripped by multiple sources to the Mail & & Guardian. The memorandum, dated March 6 2020, was addressed to Chairperson Faki, and also signed by Sabelo Mbokazi, the head of the AU Personnel Association, on part of the organization.

The memo was composed in the wake of an amazing meeting of the AU Personnel Organization, which was hung on February 28. The conference was phoned call to review long-running complaints regarding the working conditions of team at the AU Commission, which operates as a secretariat for the continental body.

Particularly, team increased worries concerning the reality that senior appointments are regularly made without complying with due procedure. They claim that the recent confirmation of Hamza Sahal as head of personnels monitoring was unlawful. “Mostly the consultation is concerned by the personnel as the indication of blazing cronyism and the overall collapse of management which participant states proceed to highlight,” the memo claimed.

The M&G called Sahal– a Sudanese nationwide who has actually previously worked as a human resources manager for Merlin International, Plan International and also Conserve the Kid, according to his LinkedIn account– for remark, yet did not get a feedback by the time of magazine.

‘Disorder dominates’

The memorandum went on to lay out more general issues with Moussa Faki’s leadership. “With you resting at the helm of this organisation, the guidelines have actually been indiscriminately flouted as well as chaos prevails both at the headquarters and regional workplaces. The staff indicated that the ethical fiber has decayed under your watch.”

It included that “the confirmation of ‘cronies’ without credentials, without meetings as well as without following due employment processes” has turned the AU Payment right into “a den without guidelines, characterised by approximate management decisions and impunity, which is manipulated by mafia characters”.

“The personnel can not sit and view [a] few people destroying as well as paralysing the commision,” the memo said.

Moussa Faki decreased to respond to certain inquiries from the M&G. His speaker, Ebba Kalondo, said: “The chairperson has always engaged on organisational issues. Actually, he is the one who instituted the forensic audit presently in progress in the organisation, in the middle of other actions.”

In September 2019, a tender was issued for a consulting company to embark on a “forensic and efficiency audit” of the AU Compensation.

The M&G requested remark from a spokesperson for Head of state Cyril Ramaphosa, who presently holds the turning chairpersonship of the AU. Ramaphosa did not react.

Previous complaints

This is not the very first time that people close to Faki have actually charged him and various other senior leadership of corruption. In a November 2018 letter to the Ghanaian president—- his replacement, Thomas Kwesi-Quartey, accused Faki of nepotism for designating an “old crony” to a plush ambassadorial post. This was “not great governance”, Kwesi-Qartey claimed.

In February 2018, a member of the AU’s board of advisers on corruption surrendered, asserting that no effort was being made to deal with corruption at the heart of the organisation.

In late 2018, a panel of inquiry was developed by the AU to check out allegations of sexual harassment within the organisation (these allegations were first revealed in a M&G investigation). The panel located that sex-related harassment was swarming within the organisation, yet its searchings for went much further: it called at the very least 40 people who were linked in serious accusations of fraud, corruption, nepotism, sex-related attack and also unwanted sexual advances.

Neither the full text of the report, nor the identities of the named individuals, have actually been openly released. The M&G has actually validated that Peace and Protection Commissioner Smail Chergui was among those called, although it is uncertain in regard to which offense. The AU Compensation has been charged of covering the components of the record.