African Aids Action dismisses 'derisory' £100 consolatory payment

Charity Commission offered cash after erroneously ordering the charity to be wound up

African Aids Action has been offered a consolatory payment of £100 by the Charity Commission for customer service failings during its inquiry into the charity.

The inquiry began in 2008 after it was alleged that charitable funds were being misused. Eyob Ghebre-Sellassie, AAA's chair, complained to the commission that the allegation had no substance and the inquiry was racially motivated.

The commission's head of customer service, Jeanna Pearce, investigated the complaint and found no evidence of racism, but identified some failings, including an erroneous order for the charity to be wound up within two weeks.

The commission can make payments of up to £5,000 when a service failure leads to "inconvenience or distress". Ghebre-Sellassie dismissed the £100 offer as derisory and said he would not cash the cheque.

"After they tortured us for two years they want to balance it with £100," he said. The inquiry has ended but the report has not yet been published.

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