Unicef has launched investigations into a video that showed one of its employees causing a fracas during a night party over the weekend.
“We have been in Kenya for many years, and both our country and regional offices are warmly hosted by the Government of Kenya, “Regional director Mohammed Fall said on Tuesday.
“Throughout that time, we have all enjoyed the warmth and friendship of the Kenyan people, for which we are most grateful. At all times we expect impeccable behaviour from our staff, as they go about their critical and life-saving work for children throughout the region.”
In the video, a man believed to be an employee of Unicef Kenya office is seen interrupting a gathering which left many speechless after it went viral.
In the video shot on September 12, 2020, the man is seen storming into a house when there was a party being held.
The man was flailing his arms and claiming that the crowd must exit the premises since it was already past the curfew time of 9 pm.
The host Thogori Karago said she was hosting a few friends and family for a post-wedding lunch for her brother at her rented AirBnB located in High View area, Ridgeways, Nairobi when the incident took place.
“As the person renting the premises I asked the gentleman who initially failed to identify himself or request entry into our property or provide his name and details and purpose,” she said.
@UNICEF has launched an investigation into events from Saturday in #Nairobi that have been shown on social media. We have been in #Kenya for many years, and both our country and regional offices are warmly hosted by the Government of Kenya.— Mohamed M. M. Fall (@MohamedFall) September 15, 2020
“However, much to my dismay he refused to disclose and continued shouting and addressing me and my friends aggressively.”
In the video, the man identified as Philip van de Graaf is seen shouting and he is restrained by some of the people in the party as they also hurled insults at him.
“I asked him to calm down and step away as he continued to shout verbal abusive words and racial slurs towards me and my friends,” Karago said.
After the man realised that he was being recorded, he tried to attack the cameraman but was held back.
The man continued to hurl the insults and threatened physical assault.
“You think I am afraid of you, I will kill you …” the man repeatedly said this and proceeded to scream calling the diplomatic police.
“We have called the UN police on you…Get Out!” a woman could be heard screaming.
The scuffle continued with the people saying that he was a racist.
Karago said that they locked themselves in the house and called the police from Muthaiga Police station.
“We were assigned Police officers Noor Abdi and Veronica Bett who came to the property and listened to our grievances regarding the earlier events and took evidence,” she said.
During the discussion with the police, he identified himself as an employee of Unicef in Nairobi.
According to LinkedIn, the man is a regional Supply and Logistics Manager at Unicef.
Official Statement: Philip Van De Graaf- UNICEF Kenya #CurfewCrusader #UNICEFRacist
STATEMENT: PHILIP VAN DE GRAAF UNICEF KENYA
On September 12th 2020 I was hosting a few friends and family for a post-wedding lunch for my brother on at my rented AirBnB located in High View area, Ridgeways, Nairobi.
At exactly 8.30pm we were having a vote of thanks speech amongst ourselves to conclude, when we were shocked upon the arrival of an intruder from a small gap in the garden shouting, flailing his arms and claiming we must exit the premises. As the person renting the premises i asked the gentleman who initially failed to identify himself or request entry onto our property or provide his name and details and purpose. However, much to my dismay he refused to disclose and continued shouting and addressing me and my friends aggresively.
Upon his close approach on my porch and personal space i asked him to calm down and step away as he continued to shout verbal abusive words and racial slurs towards me and my friends. Thereafter, he realised he was being recorded by several people hurling vebally abusive language and and he began to attack — pushing and hitting those who tried to protect themselves.
The man continued to hurl the insults and threaten physical assault using words such as ‘i will kill you’ and ‘fuck you’ repeatedly and proceeding to scream calling the diplomatic police. He ensued to use several objects around him to attack us and destroy personal property located in the porch area unprovoked. He also went and got his guard dog and brought it to our property in an attempt to use it against us.
Due to our fear for our safety (I was unsure if he was armed) I asked our guests to enter the house and I locked ourselves in the house and called the local police from the designated jurisdiction Muthaiga Police station and were assigned Police officers Noor Abdi and Veronica Bett who came to the property and listened to our greivances regarding the earlier events and took evidence.
The aforesaid officers sought to engage the man at his premises alongside his security team from BM and Kenya Police whereby he refused to admit liability for causing unnecessary disturbance, verbal and physical assault towards several persons as they attempted to defend themselves.
During the discussion with the police, he identified himself as an employee of UNICEF Nairobi and disclosed his name as Philip Van de Graaf alongside his wife, another relative and dog. Notably, we also observed his numberplates at his premises as Toyota Land Cruiser XXUNXXK , Toyota Prada XXUNXXXK and lastly Land Rover XXXXXX.
It has also come to our attention after engaging several staff at the premises he has a history of substance abuse, hurling racially verbally abusive language and using his dogs against the guards assigned.
Yesterday, Sunday 13th September 2020 we reported the assault to the local police. We also reported this to UNICEF Integrity on the same day via firstname.lastname@example.org. We are yet to hear back from UNICEF. We are ready to provide several witnesses and have submitted this as an official compliant of Phillip Van de Graaf’s unwelcome and unsolicited behaviour and verbal and physical assault towards myself and others as a foreign national and diplomat resident in my country Kenya.
– Thogori Karago