[Community-Discuss] Board update on Governance Committee report

Ali Hussein ali at hussein.me.ke
Mon May 7 07:04:46 UTC 2018

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Dear Abibu

Thank you for your report. This is much appreciated.

I would like to state the following:-

1. That the community was expecting the Board to share the FULL report.
This is in line with Corporate Governance Ethos and:-

a) It will go a long way in ensuring that the community doesn't feel
(rightly or wrongly) that there is any cover up being perpetrated by the
b) Protects the board from allegations of impropriety.
c) Will serve to start the process of healing and ensuring that AFRINIC
continues its very important role in the African Internet Ecosystem without
the cloud that is currently hanging over it.

2. To quote you:-

*​'​The Board has also been advised that in considering the report they
need to be cognizant of issues of confidentiality and data protection​'​*

​For you to make such a statement the community would like to know which
by-laws you are quoting from and for it to satisfied that there is going to
be breaches of confidentiality and data protection if the original report
is released.

Finally, this is to my fellow community members :-

Let us be circumspect​ in how we engage on these emotive issues. Some of us
seem to be engaging in a 'Scorched Earth Policy' agains the Board. This is
ill advised. There are better ways of addressing these issues. With
sobriety and a sense of collective responsibility. AFRINIC is a critical
player in the ICT Ecosystem in Africa.

​Let us not throw the baby out with the bath water..


*Ali Hussein*


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On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 10:55 PM, Abibu Ntahigiye <abibu.ntahigiye at gmail.com>

> Dear Afrinic Community,
> The Board in March 2018, as per resolution 201803.391, tasked the
> Governance Committee (GC) to convene an investigation on allegations made
> by a staff member. The GC was requested to define the Terms of Reference
> (TORs) for an independent investigation, and to appoint an investigation
> committee.  The Board requested the findings to be reported by 30 April
> 2018.
> The GC notified the community that they would deliver the report by 4 May
> 2018, and has submitted the report to the Board on 2 May 2018. The Board
> acknowledged receipt of the report. The Board is going to thoroughly
> consider the report and recommendations thereof, and will share with the
> community applicable actions and steps that will be taken in due course.
> The Board has also been advised that in considering the report they need
> to be cognizant of issues of confidentiality and data protection.
> With regards to allegations made against certain Board members, the Board
> can announce the following outcomes as derived from  the report:
>    -
>    That there was a violation of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and
>     section 153 of the Companies Act 2001, by Mr Sunday Folayan.
>    -
>    That there is no evidence whatsoever against Haitham El Nakhal of
>    having breached the terms of the NDA and/or section 153 of the Companies
>    Act 2001.
>    -
>    That the Investigation Committee (IC) is satisfied that there was no
>    evidence of harassment, bullying or intimidation by Board members.
> The Board will re-evaluate the interim Chair and Vice Chair appointments
> that were made in resolution 201803.398.
> With regards to allegations made against certain members of staff, the
> Board observed from the IC report  that there may have been inappropriate
> behaviour on the part of certain staff members.
> The findings and recommendations related to staff matters will be
> addressed through necessary processes.
> We appeal to the community to allow the Board time to consider the report
> carefully, and provide feedback to the community no later than 31 July 2018
> on the next steps and how the recommendations will be implemented.
> Kind regards
> ----
> Abibu R. Ntahigiye
> Chair, Afrinic Board.
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