The Kenyan tech company that pioneered eye witness collation has fired its Executive Director for sexual harassment

Ushahidi has dismissed its Chief Executive Director who was at the centre of a sexual harassment case

Ushahidi, a Kenyan non-profit software company, has dismissed its Executive Director Daudi Were following sexual harassment allegations raised by an employee who was since resigned.

In a letter dated 21 July, the company said that it dismissed Mr Were considering the evidence tabled by the two parties.

“Following exhaustive consideration of the testimonies and evidence tabled by the respective parties in a sexual harassment claim, the board of Ushahidi has dismissed Executive Director, Daudi Were, with immediate effect.”

The complainant, Angela Kabari, had claimed that Mr Were sexually harassed her during a company retreat in January at the Aberdares Country Club.

The scandal shook the entire tech community and there was mounting pressure from the public for the firm to act.

“As a company that was founded to enable people to be heard, Ushahidi has zero tolerance for 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,” read part of the statement on their website.

Meanwhile, Nat Manning, who has been Ushahidi Chief Operations Officer, will take over as the  interim Executive Director.


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