[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Wed Nov 6 12:29:27 UTC 2019


Actually – firstly – you refer to former board members being “keen in violating the rules of separation of roles” – please – can you justify that and supply exact examples. Because – that’s an unfounded statement with zero justification other than hyperbole. So – I invite you to firstly – name the board members you believe did this – and justify it – put the evidence on the table – and let us have a discussion around that. Im actually very curious to see what you come up with – but I strongly suspect there will be nothing forthcoming – or an answer of “I don’t have to show you anything or justify anything I say” – but – let’s see – walk the talk – put your evidence forward and lets debate that evidence – with specifics – not vague generalities.

Secondly – the community are responsible for appointing the auditors – and by LAW the auditors can only resign in the context of a special general meeting – that is the law – and the members who appoint those auditors – have every right to know why the auditors have resigned – because that is NOT a normal thing.


From: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 6 November 2019 15:05
To: Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu>
Cc: General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation


Allow me to offer a different view.

Because we all want role separation which is normal and must be framed by the company’s constitution, we must agree that the issue on the table is a matter for board. (Allegations of malicious actions on to the public resources which the organization is responsible for on behalf of the global internet community)

Let us focus more on the message than on the carrier which could have been the CEO, legal, communication department.

Separation of roles also encompasses that each party accept and respect the role and responsibilities of others.

May be when the organization solves its complex governance issues being addressed and occupying all our attention, board can go back to routine work and ceo and staff will engage on the operations and we will enjoy again working and interacting with them.

It is curious to see that some former board members who were keen in violating the rules of separation of roles and always invoking company act, board fiduciary responsibilities are now asking for the separation...

We’ve won something... let’s make it continue.


Le mar. 5 nov. 2019 à 07:01, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu<mailto:mark.tinka at seacom.mu>> a écrit :
Don't know if it's just me, but curious why this update (and the investigations associated with it) are not coming from our CEO.

I've consistently said that I feel the AFRINIC Board are too involved in AFRINIC's day-to-day affairs, which, IMHO, need to be managed by the AFRINIC CEO and his team, both in front of and behind the scenes.

I am somewhat disturbed that this culture does not appear to have changed even on the back of the appointment of the new CEO.

Personally, I'd rather be hearing from the CEO and/or any of his staff, than the Board.

On 4/Nov/19 22:45, Bope Domilongo Christian wrote:
Dear Community at large,

As the community may also, be aware, AFRINIC has attracted some media coverage relating to suspicious activity in its WHOIS database primarily a limited section of legacy resources.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to assure both the AFRINIC membership and the Internet community at large that the Board has conducted some preliminary assessment of the matter, and would like to let you know that investigations are progressing well and will be concluded soon, most likely before or by the end of the year. We cannot reveal much or go into further details at this stage as we do not want to jeopardise the investigations. However, you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the matter. At the same time, we want to ensure that the rights of any affected parties are respected and protected as per the law. All said we are keen to ensure the interests of AFRINIC members are safeguarded as we seek to maintain stable, reliable and effective management of Internet resources. Besides, the AFRINIC WHOIS database remains fully operational with high standards of integrity.

Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement and AFRINIC operations team is currently reviewing some of the long-established processes relating to the management of Internet resources under AFRINIC's ambit. The team is already implementing some improvement measures at both the IT Infrastructure and process level. As usual, the AFRINIC membership will be appropriately apprised of the developments.

Best regards,
Dr Christian D. Bope
Chairman, AFRINIC Board of Directors

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