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In defence of the Commonwealth.

I was deeply touched by the troubles of Prof Ayeni, but your prestigious magazine should not be used to cast aspersions on the secretary general, Don McKinnon, or bring the Commonwealth into disrepute by a self-perpetuating professional who only went to town with his allegations when he realised that his contract would not be renewed for another three years on top of the 13 years he had already served at the Commonwealth. Thus, casting serious doubts about his allegations of discrimination and maladministration.

It is true that 18 of the 53 member states of the Commonwealth are African, and that a closer look of some of the positions occupied by Africans there fall far short of geographic representation. But this does not make the case that if you are aggrieved, you have to use African magazines to fight your case.

Prof Ayeni should know that after 13 years of service, he should give other African professionals a chance to work at the Commonwealth. International organisations such as the UN, World Bank, etc, have restructured and now put in place a hiring policy that allows for two terms of employment. If Dr Ayeni had served the Commonwealth for over 10 years, then it is logical for the secretary general not to allow him another contract.

By allowing Prof Ayeni to use your magazine to fight his case, you are only opening the floodgates of twisted and bent journalism. I don't mean to offend anybody, but the trouble with us Africans is not knowing when to let go.

Alioune Faal

Banjul, The Gambia
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Faal, Alioune
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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