Companies are expected to take swift action when an employee accuses a top executive of sexual harassment. This is a serious allegation.
But for Ushahidi, their response was quite slow, reluctant and laggard as there were claims and reports that they were protecting an Executive Director accused of sexual harassment even though they later confirmed the sexual harassment claims. This was very much after inquiries from the media including TechMoran.
The layback reaction of Ushahidi is even more surprising when you put into perspective that this same top Executive Director was once accused by an unnamed Kenyan female blogger of online harassment more than ten years ago.
Fast forward to today, we hear that Ushahidi has finally sacked Daudi Were, the Executive Director allegedly fingered in a sexual molestation case by an employee.
In an official statement, Ushahidi said they decided to dismiss Daudi Were with ‘immediate effect’ after considering ‘testimonies and evidence’ presented to the board by the personalities involved in the allegation.
The statement further read: “As a company that was founded to enable people to be heard, Ushahidi has zero tolerance for the injustice of any kind. In arriving at its decision, therefore, the board took all necessary steps to ensure fairness and respect for the human rights of the parties involved. Due process was followed in accordance with Kenyan employment laws, and, as the company is domiciled in the United States, American law related to sexual harassment was also applied. In addition, the guidance of objective and independent legal counsel was sought to prevent the possibility of internal partisan decisions.”
Nat Manning, who is Ushahidi Chief Operations Officer, has been appointed as the interim Executive Director.
Click here to read the full report of the inquiry.