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Retaining Scotland was not popular

Regional 15 Jun, 2020 Follow News

Baroness Scotland’s reappointment has caused controversy

The automatic renewal of Baroness Patricia Scotland's term of office as Secretary-General was not widely welcomed among heads of government of the 54-nation Commonwealth.

This was revealed in a letter dated June 8, 2020, from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to all Commonwealth heads of government. In the letter to heads of government, Johnson disclosed that a proposal from Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley to “reappoint Baroness Scotland as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth for a second four-year term now” did not get support.

Patricia Scotland is a British Baroness and a member of the UK House of Lords. She held several posts under patronage of British Labour Party governments, but it was the Conservative Party prime minister who promoted her candidature for the Secretary-General's job despite not being an obvious candidate. However, the 64-year-old British-Dominican’s ineffectiveness in office together with various scandals involving dismissals of all deputy secretaries-general, lavish spending on her official residence and awards of contracts to friends outside of guidelines, led to her being distanced by UK prime ministers and to both Canada and Australia, cutting off funding for the Commonwealth Secretariat's activities.

It is now common knowledge in Commonwealth circles that a new secretary-general is being canvassed in Africa to replace Scotland who is accused by African representatives has “done nothing for Africa”.

One candidate, Amina Mohamed, a Kenyan who was one of the deputy secretary-generals of the Commonwealth dismissed by Scotland has launched a campaign for the job. Apart from some of the 12 Commonwealth Caribbean states, Scotland, who won support in 2015 under the guise of being Caribbean because she was born in Dominica (she left when she was two years old) has little support for a second term.


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