The fate of the Pan-African Parliament President (speaker) Roger Nkodo Dang will be known today on a host of allegations, including sexual harassment, levelled against him.
Yesterday, Kenyan Senator Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), who chairs a committee probing the House’s president, postponed the tabling of the much-awaited report.
The committee was set up following a strive on March 9 by about 70 staff of the House, who raised a myriad of issues affecting the smooth operations of the AU’s institution based in South Africa.
Mr Madzayo was appointed by members to chair the committee after they approved a Motion in a closed-door sitting last Thursday.
In a document signed by President of Pan African Parliamentary Staff Association (PAPSA) Isa Djaddo, they accuse the president of high-handedness and sexual harassment.
Djaddo cited six key issues they wanted addressed.
“The 4th and 5th Parliament held under the leadership of President Nkodo (Cameroon) are marked as nepotism, personality cult of the president and fear, lack of motivation and respect of the staff rights,” reads the president’s statement.
“Some of the female staff complained of sexual harassment, assault, and intimidation; and promising of favours if they give in to his demands. They will testify in camera to investigators.”
The statement also highlighted the deterioration of relations between the institution and other organs of the African Union, especially the Permanent Representatives Committee and the Executive Council; disregard of AU Staff Rules and Regulations; issuing falsified reports, and conducting official travel without the PAP Secretariat.
The more than 70 staff also blamed the President for pushing through the swearing in of two additional representatives from Cote d’Ivoire last Monday, taking their representation to seven, above what is provided for in the Protocol and Rules.
The two MPs from the country’s Senate have since been suspended from the House.
However, President Nkodo is reported to have denied all the allegations in a closed-door meeting.
Nkodo was first elected president in May 2015, replacing Nigeria’s Bethel Amadi. He was re-elected in May last year to serve a second three-year term.
Two MPs were selected from each of the regional caucuses of Eastern, Southern, Northern, Central and West, and will be joined by the chairpersons of the House committees on Rules and Human Rights.
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