Venezuela diplomat in Kenya has been accused of sex abuse
Posted by African Press International on May 24, 2012
The Star news, Nairobi Kenya reports that, “Staff at the Venezuela embassy in Nairobi have formally filed complaints with the Diplomatic Police Unit over alleged sexual impropriety by ambassador Gerarto da Silva (photo). At least three junior employees working at da Silva’s home in Runda have complained over what they termed as sexual harassment. They recorded police statements last month accusing the diplomat of constantly harassing them.
According to the Star, ”The embassy stands opposite the Diplomatic Police Unit in Gigiri only metres from the main Gigiri Police Station surrounded by a host of other diplomatic foreign missions. Ambassador da Silva repeatedly declined to comment on the complaint booked in police reference number 35 OF 25/04/2012. We have called him several times from last week and although he picked the calls, he said he was “not ready to talk to newspapers” over the subject.
The situation at the Embassy is reported to be very bad with staff either leaving their jobs due to fear of sexual abuse by the Ambassador. On reading the Star, it is not clear if the embassy star being sexually abused by the male ambassador are male or female employees of Kenyan origin.
It is reported that the ambassador is out of the country, possibly due to pressure. It is said he left without following protocol as required. Ambassadors do inform the host country’s foreign ministry whenever they leave the country.