GTZ defends its staff agianst sexual allegation
A story that involves an international humanitarian organization in a sexual scandal was reported this past week.
An unnamed senior in GTZ was accused of making sexual advances towards a young Ethiopian staff, then firing her when she complained.
According to the story reported in ABBI Weekly last Friday, Woizerit Meseret Haile Giorgis, who worked in the organization for three years, claims she was sacked for refusing to her bosses’ sexual advances.Meseret says, “He kept on making his demand for sex, and on more than one occasion told me that I would lose my job if i didn’t obey.As I didn’t, I was forced to take on annual leave, and weeks later, on March 22, I was given a termination letter, without being told why.”
Stangely, the letter was given to her a day after a salary increament was made to her.
The paper published a statement from GTZ I.S with a defense of the suspect, saying that he has “done nothing wrong’ and the allegation is “baseless.”
GTZ formed a committee and investigated the charges carefully, talked to her colleagues, and couldn’t get any evidence that substantiates the allegation, says the statement.
Meseret, however, disputes the assertions. She says that the people assigned to investigate the matter were partial and they took sides against her as they were of “the same nationals” with the accused. She says her colleagues couldn’t testify for her as they were afraid of losing their job. Now, she says, she is at a loss to know where she should go to find justice.GTZ I.S’s Human Resources Development Manager, Wro Zewditu Mamo says the case is still under invesigation.