Kabari also said that she was disappointed by the actions and inactions of the board members, who censured her for seeking legal help, attacked her character, and only seemed to act after public pressure was mounted on them through WhatsApp groups, blogs, and media outlets. At least three member of the board, she said, had known for quite some time about the senior colleague’s “alleged penchant for harassing women.” She also said that none of the board members got in touch with her during this time to inquire about her well-being.

In her post, Kabari also called out the board members for not being forthright about those who have left or stayed. The board currently consists of three of its original founders—Erik Hersman, David Kobia and Juliana Rotich—and independent Stanford University’s Jenny Stefanotti.

Kabari’s statement also notes that Hersman “indirectly corroborated” the accused’s events of the night in question. She says he insisted he was looking for a lost earpiece and that Erik and the Aberdare stuff were helping him look for it. The audio transcript shows otherwise, and Kabari says that Hersman had already gone to bed by then. Kabari had pulled out her phone in order to turn on the torch and look for the earpiece, and started recording as a way to make him listen to his “drunk” voice the next morning.

“Even if Erik had been awake, the fact that he was called upon as [an] “alibi” should have clearly demonstrated his lack of independence,” Kabari wrote. “One cannot be a witness and judge in the same case!”

Since the story came out, Ushahidi has tried to contain the fallout by first saying it was investigating the claims and taking the matter “seriously.” Then, on July 17, it released a statement outlining the chronology of how the events transpired since it first took place in January. But Kabari says the process was “poorly managed” and only continued to deepen the culture of silence and secrecy that surrounds sexual harassment. In order to avoid the accused senior colleague, Kabari says that she took leave from late February until mid-March, and afterwards worked remotely and only came to work thrice a month.

Kabari said she hopes her case will help push companies to evaluate their sexual harassment procedures, and help support victims. “It is my hope that, my story shall prompt a change in company policies, both in the Kenyan tech space and in in other fields,” she said.

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