The Vice President, Human and Social Development at African Development Bank (AfDB), Jennifer Blanke, has resigned from her position.
The bank disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement, saying Blanke’s resignation would take effect on July 4, 2020.
The statement quoted Blanke, who joined the bank in 2017, as saying she was leaving “purely for family reasons to rejoin my family in Switzerland,” amid media speculation that she had planned to resign in response to the controversy surrounding the whistleblower allegations against the bank’s president, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.
Adesina was accused of abuse of office by a whistleblower. An internal investigation cleared him of improper conduct, but the bank’s board said last week it had authorised an independent review of the report following pressure by the United States for a new probe.