As of Thursday this week, the African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat was publicly adamant that he had “full trust and confidence” in Mr Madeira, a position supported by President Mohamed Farmaajo of Somalia, but which his Prime Minister Hussein Roble did not agree with.
On Monday, Mr Roble enforced Mr Madeira’s expulsion orders, including stripping him of diplomatic privileges such as VIP access at the airport, cancelling his diplomatic work permit and other power trappings he enjoyed while serving as the special representative of the African Union Commission chairperson and head of Atmis.
However, Mr Madeira had already left Mogadishu before he was declared persona non-grata on Friday last week, according to one diplomatic source.
But he had left behind a dysfunctional secretariat. This week, a leaked memo showed that his juniors were also not on talking terms and some had been staying away from the office without official leave.
The memo in question was authored by Mr Madeira’s deputy, South African diplomat Fiona Flortan, who complained of a “breakdown in relationship” with Babatunde Taiwo, the head of political affairs at the Mission.
Atmis hasn’t publicly commented on the issue of Mr Madeira, except in retweeting a brief statement from Mr Faki.
In 2020, an internal AU investigation discovered incidences of corruption, mismanagement, harassment and political interference.
The report criticised Mr Madeira for mistreating employees, including refusing to provide sanitary towels, using abusive language, hijacking Amisom donations to gain political mileage and taking sides in situations where the mission is expected to be neutral.
“Madeira introduced an erratic management and leadership style, characterised by fear, suspicion, threats, corruption, favouritism, bullying and intimidation,” the reported added, warning that if unchecked, the mission may fail to use its position to support the political process in Somalia.
Appointed in 2015, Mr Madeira, an experienced diplomat, has held the job since January 2016. He previously served as AU’s special envoy for counter-terrorism.