[Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment

Marcus K. G. Adomey madomey at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 20 10:58:29 UTC 2018

Dear Reverend Sunday Folayan,

The allegations against you are serious, from any angle no matter how tolerant one would like to be.

You violated the NDA and abused your fiduciary responsibilities. This two infringements makes you ineligible to continue to serve as a board member.

Besides this, in order that for the investigations into the allegations of sexual harassment etc to be truly independent,  common sense and ethics require you to stand back from the board while it is ongoing not just step aside as chair.

Please show us that you are a leader and man of the cloth.  Many of us also expect appropriate and proportionate administrative measures to be considered for the other management staff involved in this.

From: Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2018 4:01:17 PM
To: Sunday Folayan; General Discussions of AFRINIC; members-discuss at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment

Dear Former Chair,

I am saddened by what I read here, and actually more than a little disturbed.

Firstly – let me state categorically that I agree with waiting for the investigation to conclude on the harassment allegations, and you and I find alignment on that issue.  However, there is another issue where we strongly diverge, and despite the conversations we have had on the matter in the last few days – the details of which will remain private – you have chosen to ignore what has been stated so clearly.

I draw attention to this part of your email:
I do acknowledge  that I shared a chat (with the best intentions) which should have been treated with more caution, no matter how good the intention was.

Sunday – What you did was a blatant violation of the NDA agreement you signed as a board member – and yes I realize fully that you can argue what was shared in the document that was attached to the allegation was a chat between you and two other people and did not stem directly out of a board meeting.  However, you were involved in a discussion around AfriNIC business that clearly and without equivocation related to your work as chair and related to information gained and dealt with in your position as a board member.  You then chose to share that information with a third party.

In 2014 – the former board passed the following resolution:

Resolution 201411.211: The Board RESOLVED ; Information discussed within the Board should not be disclosed to third parties without Board approval. Violation may lead to expulsion from the Board as provided by the Bylaws. However, information disclosed by the Board to third parties not under NDA to the Board is no longer confidential and is deemed to be in the public domain.

Please note – that does not say formal board meeting – it says within the board – and considering the information under discussion in what was shared – it is without dispute that that was board sensitive privileged information and that discussion can be very much considered information discussed within the board – even if it is a subset of the board.

A few months after this resolution was passed – two members of the board, Mr Badru Ntege and Mr Paulos Nyirende chose to violate the NDA – and then chose to do the honourable thing and resign over the breach of NDA rather than face disciplinary action.  I am shocked considering your role in in the authorship of that resolution and your full awareness of the subsequent happenings that lead to two members of the board resigning – that you now hold yourself to a different standard.

I strongly believe that you have done a very good job as chair – and I wish on everything that is in me that I did not have to find myself writing this email – but the reality is – rules have to be consistent – the application of rules has to be consistent – what applies to one must apply to all – anything else makes all rules meaningless – and what you are doing now I find to the height of hypocrisy and far beneath the man I know you to be.

Please – do what is right – and I strongly believe you know what that is.


From: Sunday Folayan [mailto:sfolayan at gmail.com]
Sent: 16 March 2018 17:38
To: General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at afrinic.net>; members-discuss at afrinic.net
Subject: [Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment

Dear members and the Community,

Over the last few days, some allegations have been made that are serious
and by very nature threaten to further divide this community and
represent a threat to the AfriNIC organization.

I believe the unity of the community is as important as the sanctity of
the Board, and it is my responsibility to ensure none is compromised

While I categorically deny any claims of any harassment levied at me,
and believe these allegations are entirely spurious, I do acknowledge
that I shared a chat (with the best intentions) which should have been
treated with more caution, no matter how good the intention was.

It is my responsibility to step down as Chair, pending the conclusion of
the investigations on the harassment claims.

May I most respectfully request that we await the independent
investigation that the Board has initiated, and be patient, so that the
community can come out of this strongest. I remain committed as a member
of the community.

I have prior to now, communicated my decision to my colleagues on the Board.

I look forward to being allowed to defend myself, and justice being
served for all, on the matter.

With Kind Regards ....

Sunday Folayan.

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