Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab has resigned from the government after an investigation upheld some bullying allegations against him across different United Kingdom government departments.
The full report into his behaviour found Mr Raab had acted in an intimidating and insulting manner with civil servants while he was Secretary of State for Justice.
He was also found to have described as utterly useless and woeful in meetings.
The report also suggests that he abused power in a way that humiliated staff in his specific case while he was foreign secretary.
Prime Minister Richardson who received the report has accepted Mr Raab’s resignation.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had come under pressure soon after he appointed Raab, a staunch supporter of his leadership for the Conservative Party and government during the campaign last year, to the two key Cabinet posts as the bullying allegations emerged.
Sunak, who succeeded the short-lived Liz Truss in October last year, vowed to restore “integrity, professionalism and accountability” in government after Johnson’s rollercoaster tenure.
Raab’s exit will now necessitate a mini shuffle in the Cabinet, as reports indicate that Sunak may not refill the post of Deputy PM and only appoint a new Justice Secretary.
Speaking on this latest development from the United Kingdom, former Mayoral candidate Nims Obunge said the incident in itself is unfortunate as the Dominic Raab is a hard working minister.
According to the report, there were certain challenges in the way he expressed himself in his office.
According to Mr Obunge, the context around bullying is something that needs to be taken quite seriously.
Mr Obunge noted if the prime minister Mr Sunak was to keep Dominic Raab, it would have appeared that as if he failed to take in the report as seriously as he should and if he was to let him go, the question would then be that he was aware of some of these issues.
He noted that Mr Sunak had no option than to accept Dominic Raab’s resignation.
“It is clear that Mr Sunak is trying to demonstrate that he has a government where he holds integrity at the epicenter of all that he does”.