[Community-Discuss] Board update on Governance Committee report
badru.ntege at nftconsult.com
Mon May 7 10:41:40 UTC 2018
Following my submission yesterday I want to ask the board to rethink the current position taken.
We are here because of private information from conversations of the previous board chair that were made public.
Regardless on how that information came to light we have to understand the information.
It was clear that the board leadership at the time had created a situation which undermined the CEO at the time with conversations being shared with junior staff
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On 6 May 2018, at 19:58, Abibu Ntahigiye <abibu.ntahigiye at gmail.com<mailto:abibu.ntahigiye at gmail.com>> wrote:
The Board has also been advised that in considering the report they need to be cognizant of issues of confidentiality and data protection.
It’s hard to reconcile this with actions being taken.
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.
Agreed but we all knew this.
* 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.
But he was complicit in behavior unbecoming of a board member since it was clear he was part off the conversations.
* That the Investigation Committee (IC) is satisfied that there was no evidence of harassment, bullying or intimidation by Board members.
So the entire information shared to all the community was not true. That our female members of staff were confused about the constant unwelcome advances from a former board member ??
Harassment is emotional and does not leave scientific evidence. These are members of staff that have served this organization diligently and we have trusted them fully. However the first time they claim harassment we call them liars.
The Board will re-evaluate the interim Chair and Vice Chair appointments that were made in resolution 201803.398.
I believe there are more important issues for our organization than ego cleansing. Both former chair and vice were complicit.
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.
We are dancing arround the issue again. Are you telling us that we are still not sure ???
It is a fact that morale is low.
Board and executive need to get a grip. And stop procrastinating.
The findings and recommendations related to staff matters will be addressed through necessary processes
Please elaborate lightly on the processes from what i read in your email there are no issues.
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.
Even non profits have standards to uphold. We cannot continue giving you time when you have not clearly defined what you plan to deliver apart from ensuring the perpetual survival of a non performing board.
I’m not for full board removal but I’m for the gradual transformation through elections.
Help us decide that we need no change moving forward or do we gradually add new people that will act on the issues.
We need positive action.
Abibu R. Ntahigiye
Chair, Afrinic Board.
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