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Shelter Afrique Says MD Will Cooperate With Kenyan Assault Probe

Shelter Afrique, the pan-African housing finance agency, said its managing director will “cooperate fully” with Kenyan authorities investigating allegations he assaulted his finance director.

The organization’s board will meet on July 25 and July 26 to discuss Finance Director Karen Kandie’s accusation that Managing Director Alassane Ba attacked her, Shelter Afrique Corporate Affairs Director Ruth Onyancha said in statement e-mailed from its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

“We also wish to confirm that Alassane Ba has expressed his personal commitment to cooperate fully with Kenya’s investigating authorities and the judicial system to ensure that justice is done,” she said in the statement dated yesterday. “He is to that effect consulting with his legal counsel.”

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, ordered police to arrest Ba to face the assault charge, the Daily Nation reported on July 21.

Ba, a Mauritanian, and Kandie, a Kenyan, will both be given a chance to address the board, which will also consider her appeal for a reassessment of her performance review, according to the statement.

Diplomatic Immunity

The panel will also “take a position regarding the diplomatic immunity of its managing director” under the Vienna Convention that governs diplomatic relations, the African Development Bank treaty and its agreement with Kenya to site its headquarters in Nairobi, Onyancha said.

Tobiko’s arrest order came after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kenya’s 1983 pact with Shelter Afrique doesn’t grant employees absolute immunity, the Nation said.

The housing agency’s full board includes representatives from 44 member nations, the African Development Bank, the Africa Re-Insurance Corp. and independent directors, Onyancha said in the statement.

Shelter Afrique was founded in 1982 to fund housing development on the continent. In August, the agency sold 2.5 billion shillings ($30 million) of three-year bonds and said it plans to sell 500 million shillings of notes this year.

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