A Kenyan man is in the middle of a sex scandal at Oxfam, Haiti as per a story filed by Times News.
According to the Times, Mutuku was one of Oxfam’s most experienced public health engineers, a veteran of emergencies across the world with more than a decade of experience in providing safe water supplies to stricken people.
The Times report that Mutuku was first given a warning letter by Oxfam in 2010, where he had been ordered to improve his conduct immediately or face possible dismissal. The warning said that Mr Mutiku was in breach of the staff code of conduct, specifically in relation to his “personal and professional conduct” and the requirement to “refrain from any form of harassment, discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, intimidation or exploitation”.
Signed by Christine Newton, the Oxfam HR manager in Haiti, it followed an informal investigation into concerns over the way Mr Mutiku behaved towards female colleagues.
In an earlier email Ms Newton had outlined mounting complaints against Mr Mutiku that involved “sexual harassment of female staff”. It was sent to the now disgraced country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, Mr Mutiku’s boss in Oxford, Andy Bastable, and other officials. It described how Mr Mutiku had been “drinking consistently” and “when he is drunk his behaviour is more offensive, tactile and abusive with staff and with other people in the guesthouses and restaurants”.
At a leaving dinner for a colleague Mr Mutiku was said to have drunkenly pestered two younger women, “continually grabbing and pulling them . . . making lewd and crude suggestions about what he could do with them and his prowess in bed”. Back at the accommodation the women shared with Mr Mutiku and others, Ms Newton reported, “they had to push him off them”.
Oxfam said that Ms Newton had wanted to dismiss Mr Mutiku immediately but was overruled by Mr Van Hauwermeiren, who had worked with him in Chad and Congo and, though this was not known at the time, was also having sexual relationships with young Haitian women. Instead of being sacked Mr Mutiku was moved to an all-male guesthouse, a property known as the “pink house” or “pink apartments”.
On December 4, 2010, Mr Van Hauwermeiren sent an email marked “very confidential” to Mr Bastable in Oxford, saying he had been told of “strong allegations” that prostitutes had been visiting the property where Mr Mutiku and other men lived.
Security officers had witnessed women outside the building demanding “moman”, the term used for payments for sex. Three days later Mr Bastable replied: “As we know there is no law within Oxfam that prohibits the use of prostitutes — from the drift of your email, however, it seems he is not being discreet and he should not be inviting them back to a shared house.
“I’m not judging Raph — he has a desire that seemingly needs to be filled. Can he turn off his libido, I wonder? I assume it would be difficult for him to go out to get it so how best to deal with it is one very difficult question . . . I really hope you can contain this.” The issue was left with Mr Van Hauwermeiren, who wrote back that Mr Mutiku had been investigated and was “totally free of charge”.