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Racism, Sexual-Harassment And Discrimination: Victoria Commercial Bank Staffers Still Suffering

Yogesh Pattni

Victoria Commercial Bank staffers are still suffering and want the Central Bank, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and other accountability bodies to come to their rescue.

After a series of articles on this site, the CEO Mr Yogesh Pattni commenced a manhunt for suspected staffers that he thought were feeding the editor of this site with information about the rot at the bank.

The bank has been accused of racism, discrimination and sexual harassment, matters they wanted to be independently investigated.

At one time, African employees at Victoria Commercial Bank Limited were up in arms against the Asian management over racism and nepotism and secluding them to non-entities within the bank’s establishment.

According to insiders at the middle-sized commercial bank which has its offices in Upper Hill in Nairobi, the Asian managers have no respect for Africans, whom they dismiss as good for nothing.

The hiring is also skewed in favour of the Asians, who form the bulk of the employees.

 

Insiders say the Asian managers conduct meetings in their vernacular despising African employees which is unnatural. According to an insider, when the Asians switch to their mother tongue, they must then be talking ill of African staff, including senior managers.

However, it is dominated by Asians in the board of directors and senior management staff at the helm.

The bank’s board chair is an Asian Ketaki Sheth. She has been with the bank as a director since 2002.

The bank’s chief executive, Yogesh Pattni, also an Asian, sits on the board alongside non-executive directors Sylvano Kola (African) and Mahesh Acharya. Kola is the only African on the board.

he senior management comprises Pattni (CEO), Manish Parmar director business development, Nitin Jethwa director operations, Dharmesh Vaya general manager, Azmina Pattni head of liability relationships, Poonam Shah head of credit relationships and the other only African, Hezron Kamau, and head of finance.

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Other managers are Karima Jamal, head of quality assurance, Eunice Monzi, head of trade finance, Daniel Kabuku of internal auditor, Mitesh Chouhan, head of credit administration, Mukund Patel, senior manager, Misalpesh Parmar, senior manager, Fiddelice Otwani, manager, human resources and administration, Masibo Abdullahi, head of compliance, Ruth Muasya, manager legal affairs and Charles Karanja, projects manager.

Keen observers will agree that strategic departments are in hands of Asians which the CEO, the department of credit and that of quality assurance.

Sexual harassment by Asian managers is also rife but due to fear, African female staff do not report as they would be fired.



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