Thursday, July 7, 2022

Another Barclays Bank executive fired over sex allegations

Barclays Bank has yet again fired another senior executive who is at the centre of police investigations following sexual harassment allegations.

Six female bank employees lodged sexual abuse allegations with the police and more cases are expected to be registered.

Bank employees now want the entire executive team to also be shown the exit door.

Sunday Standard investigations reveal that, recently, a bank executive of Asian origin was detained and later released from police custody after he was accused of sexual harassment but his traveling documents were seized.

The investigations further reveal that late last year, a top official from Barclays Bank Africa based in Kenya was called to Botswana to investigate sex allegations that had rocked the local bank from as far back as 2008 and the executive in question was fired following the outcome of the internal investigations that were conducted.

Several female employees were called in to testify before the internal investigation team while the man under investigation was restricted to staying at home while the investigations were being conducted.

There are claims that the man might have already skipped the country.

The Acting Commander at the Gaborone Central Police Station, Assistant Superintendent Keoagile Tau confirmed to Sunday Standard that his station is, indeed, investigating reports of indecent assault.
“Recently about six Barclays Bank employees lodged a complaint here against one top bank official,” he said, adding that investigations are in progress.

However, Barclays Bank spokesperson, Grace Mosinyi, issued a brief statement acknowledging the issue.

“Barclays Bank of Botswana can confirm that Sanjay Abraham is no longer an employee of the bank and hence we are unable to comment on anything regarding him,” Contacted for comment, the Secretary General of the Botswana Bank Employees Union (BOBEU), Keitshokile Basuti said: “We hope that the law will take its course as the matter is being investigated by the police.

However, some of the employees, who opted for anonymity for fear of victimization, said that they were glad that the case had resurfaced because the past management team tried to kill it and they hoped the bank would now look seriously into the cases.

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