Sex scandals rock Ardhi House after staff complaints

Monday, February 15th, 2021 00:22 |

Detectives have launched investigations into alleged sexual assault claims by several female employees at Ardhi House, the Ministry of Lands headquarters in Upper Hill, Nairobi.

On the spot is the registry section where senior officials are accused of sexual abuse and making unwanted sexual overtures towards junior female staff and interns.

Complainants claim that despite the matter being reported to Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri, no action is has been taken against the culprits.

It is on that premise that the Ministry was last week forced to cancel night shifts at the registry after interns and female employees went on a go-slow to protest inaction from the top ministry brass.

Muraguri declined to comment on the matter only stating: “There is nothing I can say over whatever you are asking.”

The night shift, which was started to help clear backlog of files is now in disarray with officials warning it could delay issuance of land titles.

A female employee who spoke to People Daily on condition of anonymity, said efforts to bring alleged suspects to book have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have reason to believe that these offenders are being protected by someone powerful either in the ministry or the government,” said the source.

Insiders at the Ministry one of the randy officials was ejected from a county in Rift Valley owing to allegations of sexual abuse and massive corruption.

Reports indicate that though the Human Resource Department at Ardhi House is seized of the matter, it has apparently failed to take action against the official.

On Friday, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are said to have launched a probe after female staff took to social media to express their frustrations.

Detectives have appealed to the victims to come forward and share information.

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