HelpAge International, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) championing a noble course of offering support to the elderly across multiple jurisdictions has obtained a global reputation that is now charred by past institutional malpractices of fraud, The Informer can authoritatively reveal.
Documents in our possession show besides being accused of operating outside their mandate in Kenya, HelpAge of registration number No.OP.218/051/2003/0215/2945 has in the past been accused of violating immigration rules, forgery, tax evasion, fraud and irregular layoffs of Kenyan nationals.
The NGO’s core mandate is to support millions of older people to live safe, dignified and healthy lives.
However, without clarifying queries on the alleged past flaws, Susanna Flood, HelpAge International Head of Global Communications told The Informer that currently, they do not have expatriates working in the country.
“Dear The Informer. Your email requesting information about our operations in Kenya was forwarded to me but I need to request more information. There is clearly a broader context to the story you are planning to run as your questions do not make sense. We currently have no expatriate staff employed in our Kenya office – all of our staff are Kenyan nationals and all of them are under contract to the same entity, HelpAge International. If you are planning to run an article suggesting that we have expatriate staff, or staff employed under different contract terms or by different entities, this would be inaccurate and highly misleading.” Susanna said.
However, in an incriminating dossier, fresh details have emerged that the NGO has in the past been issuing employment contracts for some Kenyan staff members under a different and privately owned company registered under the name of HelpAge International Limited Company instead of the NGO.
Our investigations have established some of the contracts flagged involved Dickson Ndonye, Susan Wanjiku Mungai and Nicholas N. Ivuu, all Kenyan staff members.
Further, in the case involving Prafulla Mishra and Luca Pietro Saraceno, both of whom have since left the country, it emerged there were discrepancies of work permits issued and endorsed duration on their passports.
According to records, the NGOs Co-ordination board, the NGOs regulatory body, vide a correspondence to HelpAge reference number NGOB/2018/051/200302115 accused the charity organisation of aiding and abetting immigration offenders.
“You are aiding and abetting immigration offenders in your organisation contrary to the provisions of the NGOs Act and the immigration laws. Specifically you have in your employment, the following foreigners who do not possess the requisite work permits: Anne Melland, Talal Waheed, Dialogue Kubvoruno, Amleset Tewodros, Moria Sloan and Luca Seranceno.” The correspondence read in part.
Additionally, the organisation is alleged to have engaged in criminal acts by forging Kenya Revenue Authority PIN numbers for Anne Melland (A009704809Z) which official record show belongs to Albanus Musyoki Kithokoo.
Talal Waheed had been issued with PIN A002777573Z which KRA records show belongs to Shem Odhiambo Ochola while Dialogue Kubvuruno and Liviya David had invalid PIN A009704804J and A003875176M respectively.