By Azania Post Reporter
UK government has grilled officials of international aid organization running across the globe, Oxfam over sexual misconduct conducted by some of its staff in Latin America and African nations more than seven years ago.
Reuters reported that the meeting which resulted in the resignation of the deputy head of Oxfam was called by the UK’s aid Minister Penny Mordaunt.
It was further reported that Mordaunt, threatened on Sunday to withdraw government funding from Oxfam unless it gave the full facts about events in Haiti, summoned senior managers from the charity to a meeting yesterday.
“Oxfam made a full and unqualified apology – to me, and to the people of Britain and Haiti - for the appalling behavior of some of their staff in Haiti in 2011, and for the wider failings of their organization’s response to it,” Mordaunt said after meeting Oxfam’s chief executive, Mark Goldring.
“I told Oxfam they must now demonstrate the moral leadership necessary to address this scandal, rebuild the trust of the British public, their staff and the people they aim to help and deliver progress on these assurances,” she added in a statement.
Earlier it was reported that deputy head of Oxfam resigned over what she said was the British charity’s failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad.
Oxfam was under threat of denied its British government funding over sexual misbehavior allegations first reported by the Times newspaper last week.
The outrage was fast escalating into a broader crisis for Britain’s aid sector by bolstering critics in the ruling Conservative Party who have argued that the government should reduce spending on aid in favor of domestic priorities.