A note on the Zain Scandal by Ugo Chime

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Sex in the Office

By Ugo Chime
August 5, 2009 06:22PMT

Recently, I came across some racy photos of a – purportedly – Zain Uganda director doing the nasty with his subordinate. As the story went, the director was fired after the photos were released on the internet. This is pretty understandable, judging from his position in the company. But what kind of got me was that the lady was said to have kept her job! Seriously, why? Evidently, she was much a willing and happy participant in the act as the man. So, why does he get punished and she is not?

Thus, I asked an associate of Zain Nigeria, whether Zain as an organisation didn’t have clearly stipulated sexual harassment policies. Surprise surprise, those with me then, couldn’t understand what a corporate sexual harassment policy had anything to do with the matter at hand. What they were all focused on was that people should stop taking potentially demanding photos of themselves!

Since we were all acting like sinful adults there, and I am not quite one to act sanctimonious, I decided not to argue along the path that those two staff shouldn’t have been ‘getting down’ in the first place. Instead, I pointed out the injustice of the company punishing only one of the guilty parties. Had there been a sexual harassment policy, the ‘Oga’ as well as the ‘Sissy’ would be held by them, hence punishable by them.

With evidence that it was the subordinate who indeed went after her boss, as it is well known to happen, she goes. If it can be proved that it was the director was ‘forced’ the young lady into an affair, her reputation wouldn’t be as tarnished as it must be now. And if it turns out that they were both very consenting adults, the two of them go! That is justice! Everybody is protected! Everybody is accountable! And isn’t that what every company should strive to achieve?

But, what do we have on ground? I have worked in four organizations till date, and interned in three others, and not one of them has a sexual harassment policy! Doesn’t that show how corporate organizations have conveniently chosen to ignore that sex occurs in the office, and possibly every single day. Before working hours, during working hours (I had a story of a guy stumbling upon his boss and an NYSC attaché furiously going about their business in the office bathroom – imagine the slews of customers being kept waiting while those two relieved themselves), and after working hours.

These things happen, so why won’t companies acknowledge it in a written form. Let’s say, for the heck of it, that it is the subordinate that teamed up with the IT guy who released the photos to kick the director out.

By the time the case is investigated it, the victim (the director) wouldn’t have been kicked out so fast. Let’s again say, again for the heck of it, that the company requires of every IT staff to report any evidence of sexual activity, this matter would have been taken care in-house without the embarrassment of the whole world knowing about it.

And had the IT staff violated the company policy by releasing the photos, he would probably be the first to be let go; not just on the account of blackmail – which is a criminal or it is civil offence (I’m not sure if HR can sack a staff for blackmailing another staff).

There is a lot sexual harassment policies can do for company personnel. For one thing, it would keep people on their toes. There would be none of those dirty jokes that get told in offices.

Ambitious young ladies or men will be discouraged from looking out for a boss to sleep with, knowing that it really wouldn’t help their course (as the boss is trying his best possible best not to appear to have a personal interest in pushing for your hiring or promotion). As well, the gold-digging babe looking for a rich husband at her place of employment will also think twice about it, as she may not find so many men willing to lose their job for a piece of the action.

And it takes the power off lecherous bosses who are on the prowl for naïve staff to take advantage of, because they can’t guarantee that that subordinate isn’t hiding a tape, recording their ‘rapping’ to be presented before a board on a later date (I heard this actually happened in a university, my alma mater precisely!).

Seriously, the office is a place for business. And anything that would keep it that way should be enforced.

source: Sex in the office, by Ugo Chime

58 thoughts on “A note on the Zain Scandal by Ugo Chime

  1. hi,
    I can only try to imagine what their Wife and husband will be undergoing in terms of trauma and shame to the whole world.
    I feel like giving them a hug and encouraging words(hoping they too are innocent).

  2. Let us not quick to judge, which among us does not have sin?
    If God decide to publish our sin online, who stand?

  3. men,i am just dissapointed in dthe person who exposed this pics.He doesn’t have any human dignity because if he does,he would not bring out nude pics.this is more of pornography.

    2ndly,they might have said no to the blackmailers and their pics were put up in the site.

    In as much as their(people whose photos were shown) actions are bad and to make it worse they are married,people shouldn’t crucify them but pray for their repentance.

    it is just very funny how easily people love to push blame.most of us do worse though not necessarily sexual affairs.

    my advice to the person(s) who published this Is,DOING THE RIGHT THING IS NOT ENOUGH BUT,HOW TO DO IT IS ALSO AS IMPORTANT.

  4. well my candid opinion about this is that i dont feel as a matured person u should take delight in posting stuffs like this. well for those who engaged in this act that is where they have stopped and learnt there lesson for just some days of pleasure and suffer years of regret.well we leave in the “last days” according to 2tim 3:1 so we should expect things like this in this present system of things.

  5. Infact i dont know what to say,but really you guys should just stop all the mess and be more focojused on you jobs instead of taking your junior staffs to bed abeg let them be with those they have chosen already and stop the job and target treatning that you give them.that lady should just ask for forgiveness

  6. Infact i dont know what to say,but really you guys should just stop all the mess and be more focoused on you jobs instead of taking your junior staffs to bed abeg let them be with those they have chosen already and stop the job and target treatning that you give them.that lady should just ask for forgiveness

  7. My comments goes to all married ladies who feel dissatisfied with their spouses for what ever reason(s). it is better to walk out of a marriage and continue ur illicit act outside, rather than engaging in extra marital affair while still married.

    Believe it or not, the wife of the guy involved in this scandal will forgive him, but the husband of that lady will never forgive her. i guess that’s a cross she will have to carry all her life.

  8. Well this is an article that appeared in City People a couple of weeks ago. Similar story, no pics. But the Chief is contemplating forgiving the wife even though he caught her red handed. it just goes to show that different strokes for different folk’s. Unless he is under the influence of something LOL!
    POPULAR SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS AIDE FIGHTS WIFE OVER ADULTERY
    The story started 2 years ago,february 14,2007(Valentine’s Day) when Chief ,as he is fondly called,who is now a valued aide of one of a South East Governor, caught his wife with a younger lover at their matrimonial home in the Surulere area of Lagos State. Chief we gathered was demoralized and nearly lost his memory and life as well.Because Chief was down and out, the then wife who had two sons for him and who is a topshot in one of the most famous Oil & Gas firm in Nigeria, dumped him and subsequently filed for divorce,claiming that the Chief committed three offences, which are declaring for governorship,while he was telling her that there was no money, not sending her housekeeping money and the kids school fees and lastly refusing to renew the house rent in their Lagos home.We gathered that the womans parents pleaded with the Chief when the news got to them and advised the Chief to calm down, but they both eventually went their seperate ways. After the dissolution, Chief hooked up with a lady who is pregnant for him and whom he took to Las Vegas in America last year October for her birthday.But when information reached Chief’s enstranged wife on how her husband had been spoiling the new wife and showing her off to all his friends and family during the Xmas holidays which she spent in the village with the kids, she became enraged on what she was missing out on and started threatening the lady’s life. the lady, we gathered, had since left the country for her safety after several threats and harrasment from the Chief’s wife whom we equally gathered, has committed adultery severally throughout her marriage with her husband, including dating her then boss, she then began to beg.
    Chief we gathered, is still contemplating whether to forgive and accept her back.

  9. It may just have bin a hoax for all we care…

    By the way is this the first time people are hearing of married men sleeping with married women? Or is it because some pix was posted on FB? (Some form of porn if u ask me…)

    But believe u me they are not the worse sinners on earth so let’s stop crucifying them!!!

  10. this incidence is quite unfortunate. who says end time is not around the corner? after watchin d pics i pity the woman bcos she stand to loose more.

  11. Ghanaian should get it right and stop tarnishing Nigeria image for their selfish interest… they are not Zain Nigeria staff ..

  12. i think that this two people should be allowed to shot a ponographic film because the will make so much money and they are good actors.

  13. What a magnified disgrace to both unjoined couple! their children will leave to witness this rubbish. It is purely madness

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  15. i know may of you have been crying loud as if this two goats have done what you never did before. as for me the nonse the did was that they brought the same to there selfes was the snapping of pivtures, i know is just that davil wants to expose them that is all.
    by the sef oga u wey dey talk you wan make i tell you wife about dat one wey you do that time wey you travile come tell am say na buisness meeting you.
    madam you noko wey dey go see that young boy for that bar/hotel we dey for no 31 road ……… you wan make i talk? and na you dey pay for the bills.
    well i dey sure say truth dey pouch belle and i go talk am na only %5 out 100 no dey do am so na becus say there own teeth don come out so em come am look like say na there teeth big pass.
    Well i most say that the both family and the children of those two movie makers need to take hate for the sham either there so called mum or dad who cleam to love them. lol if i know any of you i prefar to pay you a condolence visit.

    for all of una wey dey like to hear bad new way Nigerians do make una carry am for mind say no bi we do this one oooo
    well i never talk my mind finish i go still talk more

  16. Curiosity got me here but at best it id distasteful! What has Zain Uganda go to do with Zain Nigeria? Some people just want to keep painting Nigeria black. We may be bad, others are no saints either!

  17. Curiosity got me here but at best it is distasteful! What has Zain Uganda go to do with Zain Nigeria? Some people just want to keep painting Nigeria black. We may be bad, others are no saints either!

  18. Everyone is innocent…only the one caught in the act is the thief.
    Shame on whoever published these pics

  19. Actually this is sheer jealousy and uncalled for. why don’t people mind their own business? who knows, this might be a setup, after all why should the company retain the lady because from all indications she ENJOYED IT( as evidenced by the smiles). the IT guy should be seriously interrogated as to how he got hold of the memory card

  20. SHAME ON ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIINNNNNNNNNN FOR ALLOWING THIS TO BE PUBLISHED. THEY SHOULD HAVE SETTLED THIS MATTER WITHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWING ABOUT IT. WHAT DID THEY ACHIEVE FROM THIS OTHER THAN SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME AND DISGRAAAAAAAAAAAACE

  21. Cant Tell any way this is a very big Lesson never tempt the tempter. Lodging in the same room with such beauty what do you expect? For christ sake they are humans with hormones… They shouldnt be blamed in any way except the part of them being careless

  22. Are those people really Nigerians?If they are, they are human and are prone to being tempted and giving to it.But before we judge them lets look in ourselves, and let really be sure they are zain staffs as the blogger says.The truth is i dont believe this, but whatever it is, we have dark sides too

  23. salam, so much water has passed under the bridge as the saying goes ever since the zain scancal started. the crux of the matter however is that, have we for once pause and give this issue a serious thought? jokes apart, let’s imagine that Allah swt decide to post all our crimes on the google for all and sundry to see…hmn! can we say with all sincerity that all will be well with us? am sure as i believe there is only ONE God that the cases of suicide will better be imagined than said cos it’s only the almighty that knows the magnitude and different kind of heinous crimes that are being perpetrated at every nook and cranny and every second in this part of the globe. suffice it to say that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t be hasty in throwing stones in the market. in conclusion however, it is not yet uhuru…not yet cos everyone’s crime will watched LIVE on the day of judgment as every soul must give a detailed and vivid account of his/her deeds. ittaqullah!fear Allah(piya God, as yar’adua wud say). a word is enough for the wise. this is a food for thought for all and sundry. Allah hoinu!

  24. hashim tukur :
    salam, so much water has passed under the bridge as the saying goes ever since the zain scancal started. the crux of the matter however is that, have we for once pause and give this issue a serious thought? jokes apart, let’s imagine that Allah swt decide to post all our crimes on the google for all and sundry to see…hmn! can we say with all sincerity that all will be well with us? am sure as i believe there is only ONE God that the cases of suicide will better be imagined than said cos it’s only the almighty that knows the magnitude and different kind of heinous crimes that are being perpetrated at every nook and cranny and every second in this part of the globe. suffice it to say that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t be hasty in throwing stones. in conclusion however, it is not yet uhuru…not yet cos everyone’s crime will watched LIVE on the day of judgment as every soul must give a detailed and vivid account of his/her deeds. ittaqullah!fear Allah(piya God, as yar’adua wud say). a word is enough for the wise. this is a food for thought for all and sundry. Allah hoinu!

  25. hashim tukur :
    salam, so much water has passed under the bridge as the saying goes ever since the zain scancal started. the crux of the matter however is that, have we for once pause and give this issue a serious thought? jokes apart, let’s imagine that Allah swt decide to post all our crimes on the google for all and sundry to see…hmn! can we say with all sincerity that all will be well with us? am sure as i believe there is only ONE God that the cases of suicide will better be imagined than said cos it’s only the almighty that knows the magnitude and different kind of heinous crimes that are being perpetrated at every nook and cranny and every second in this part of the globe. suffice it to say that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t be hasty in throwing stones. in conclusion however, it is not yet uhuru…not yet cos everyone’s crime will be watched LIVE on the day of judgment as every soul must give a detailed and vivid account of his/her deeds. ittaqullah!fear Allah(piya God, as yar’adua wud say). a word is enough for the wise. this is a food for thought for all and sundry. Allah hoinu!

  26. anybody who say’s the pic ought not to be displayed,is a joker, has he ever thought of what’ll happen if they were not noticed, has the joker ever thought of what both families are passing throu right now, has he ever imaging the huge amount of money the man used in marring that harlot, call a spade a spade, both even are surpose to be used for public show for disgrasing our dear NIGERIA

  27. For heaven sake, putting dis nudity on web is not d best way to correct dis pple. they r not d 1st pple 2 commit dis immoral act, neither will they b d last. They r just so unfortunate.

    For the person(s) who uploaded dis: U hv jeopardize so many things; job, families, relationship, etc.

    Wt hv u gained so far for doing dis?

  28. Men will always be men they all have a drop of infidelity in their blood…it is left to the lady involved to know what she stands for and maintain her dignity and selt worth.

  29. Men will always be men they all have a drop of infidelity in their blood…it is left to the lady involved to know what she stands for and maintain her dignity and self worth.

  30. The issues involving the relationship of any male and female is a thing they have in common. Publishing the picture shows the immaturity of the IT staff who saw it, filming it showed the naiveness and crudeness of the participants themselves. None of them should have been sacked, as that would have corrected them for life. Companies who employ “experts” as they presume always give themselves bad name like this. They are married, they committed adultery and they have been punished enough. Every one is guilty of one sin everyday. Give them a break please, AND STOP THIS WRONG ADVERT, IT IS HURTING.

  31. Most people asked,why should a married woman do a thing like this?there a saying which goes;what a man can do ,a woman can do better and also,another one,what is good for the goose is also good for the Gander.

  32. your wife can fool around just like you do so dont cheat yourself in thinking that she dont. I just hope and pray never should it happen to anyone i know as for me what i dont wont hurt me and i trust my wife that the only way i can be happy and not be suspicious of her and tormenting myself in having a negative few of a partner as a honest husband that has a working class wife should leave everything to God for he shall reveals the devilish acts like the zain scndal then the unon will automatically be over thers no reconciliation for such an act in my dictionary, just part and everyone shold move on with the stigma embedded in ones heart forever. Love life will never be the same again now and forever.Im assuming maybe the i.t guy exposed cos he felt sick and irritated or else he would have made the lovers know he had the pictures and would have demanded for money in return for the devilish piece of secret.

  33. Im just speechless just leave eveything to God to judge.Most men are still not married even at there late ages because of scandals like the zain scandal it has been happening is not the first nor the last.Some husband and wifes that are victims of this shameful act could die of heart attack because of shock. someone that you call your wife or husbands picture nude on the net could psychologically affect a person even seeing the picture could kill a person Please God dont ever allow such a thing happen to even my enemies.

  34. The truth is this…. there is always a story behind every story. I blame the boss for playing too cheap. Yes, there is a place for sentiment but he should have use His senses. I feel sorry for him and wish him quick recovery!!!

  35. I DON’T FELL SORRY for these guys, they re disgusting. but the punishment should av gone both ways. i only fell sorry for their innocent mates. this goes to all people who cheat on their mate, someday urs will be on the obvious, maybe not like this but i assured u, u can’t hide it forever

  36. oh.. my God… i was shock when i got this website sent to me by a friend in england. if i am to judge, the man that too this picture should be found and given a punishment of one that kidnap another. which penalty is death according to some state law in Nigeria. this is a total blackmail which should not be given a room in our society. I will enjoin the victims that who so ever blame them, let him come out and say boldly that he/she has not committed adultery. Jesus did this and no one could come out not talking of the shameful world of today.

  37. There is nothing dt is happening now dt hasn’t happened before. But one thing GOD is interested in is a heart of true Repentance. If they are willing God is ever ready to forgive.

  38. God have mercy.
    What I am after are the kids from the so called woman.
    Are you sure they from the real husband?

  39. It is sad for two married people to cheat and very sinniful indeed, however whover exposed them did more harm than good. Man I saw the pics , really some of them would have been reserved.
    The IT guy who exposed them ,was interested in the woman, but the Director was more cash loaded and the woman chose money.
    When this guy landed on the pics, it was time for pay back. He asked for money and when the man refused, he exposed them.

    I feel sorry for the Direcotors official wife and children.

  40. the IT man is damn *sshole. I feel sorry for the lads, coz this is unfair. as like Jesus said, ‘He who without sin among you, let him throw the first stone’. This act is of a coward man, a failure attempt to blackmail. what would zain do to the IT guy?
    what they did, a boss and subordinate is not good but posting their photos on internet is immoral and disgusting.
    It does not help anyone after all

  41. if God looks down on our iniquities,who can stand? we are all guilty of one sin or the other especially sin of immorality.they were just unfortunate to be exposed like this. instead of crucifying them,why dont we reflect on our own shortcomings and pray for forgiveness for ourselves and also for these two people like us.

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