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[rpd] Integrity Issues

Walubengo J jwalu at
Tue Jul 14 05:50:08 UTC 2015

Dear Community,
It is unfortunate that we have been cornered to believe that whatever the board says (in their updates, minutes/etc)  is untrue unless it incriminates one of the board member (in order for it to be judged truthful).  
But remember that we have a board with 9 esteemed members and if majority of them do not have evidence of what 2-3 of them apparently heard, democracy demands that you must side with the (silent) majority who speak through the Chair of the Afrinic board.  
And if you can't then by all means instigate a vote of no confidence in the whole board as some of you are threatening to  do - but keeping in mind the Bylaws mechanisms of doing this since we cannot go the mob-justice way however tempting it maybe.
That said, Andrew does have his weakness and many would wish to see him leave the board.  But please, please, we cannot do this through mob-justice. He has two years to go and clearly if he does not improve,  he will definitely offer the board a thousand and one other ways of "skinning the rat" :-).  
(Un)fortunately, the so called "buying of votes" is simply not one of them.

      From: Benjamin Eshun <benjamin.eshun at>
 To: rpd List <rpd at> 
 Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 8:27 PM
 Subject: Re: [rpd] Integrity Issues

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 9:23 AM, serge ilunga <sergekbk at> wrote:

Trust is critical to the survival of our community.
Let me point out the issues raised during Tunis AGMM that can affect Community trust towards the BOD:
1. The possibility of conflict of interest of some BOD members.2. The fact that a BOD member stood up to explain how we can profit by selling our ressources out of the region (we are supposed to be a non profit org dedicated to Africa.)3. Comment from Ms Mary stating that in organizations such ours, BOD members should listen more than speak.4. Allegations that a BOD member has bought votes.

 +1  and I remember when I had the floor during the open mic I urged the Board not to turn a blind eye to these.  

Does this mean that the community cannot  have the confidence that the Board will discuss what the community thinks to be important or were they discussed but left out of the minutes.

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