NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27 – Shelter Afrique has now appointed an independent consultant to investigate allegations of assault against its Managing Director Alassane Ba.
In a press statement, the company’s Chairman Elias Mpondela announced that a decision had been made to carry out detailed investigations with the outcome to be submitted by November.
Mpondela said the move was necessitated by conflicting reports received from the parties on the dispute.
“The Board of Directors has resolved to appoint an independent consultant to carry out a detailed investigation of the incidents and surrounding circumstances and submit a report to the Board of Directors for discussion and decision by November 2012 under advice to the General Assembly of the Institution,” he said.
He indicated that it will ensure the amicable solution of the matter while being mindful of the need to protect the rights of both parties to the dispute.
“Noting the conflicting reports received from the parties on the dispute and being mindful of the need to protect the rights of both parties to the dispute and safeguard the integrity of the institution, there is need to ensure that all the requirements of due process are respected in this matter,” he stated.
He further pointed out that it will enable the ability of the institution to continue with its functions not to be compromised.
Ba has been in the spotlight recently over allegations that he assaulted Finance Director Karen Kandie.
He moved to court and obtained orders in his favour after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered that he be arrested and charged with assault.
Ba argued that he enjoys diplomatic immunity. The police will not take any action against him until the case is determined. The case is due for hearing in October.
Shelter Afrique is a Nairobi- based Pan African Housing Finance Institution owned by the African Development Bank, Africa Re-Insurance and 44 African Governments.
According to the organisation, the allegation of assault was unsubstantiated and has been denied by Ba and people who were present during the alleged altercation.
The organisation said that the alleged assault is believed to have happened following Ba’s request that the Finance Director surrenders a device which she was using to record the MD during a performance review process.
According to Shelter Afrique, Ba holds a diplomatic passport issued by the Mauritanian Government and enjoys immunity being an employee of the African Development Bank and further as provided for in the Host Country agreement signed between the Government and Shelter Afrique.