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[rpd] Integrity Issues

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Tue Jul 14 08:28:04 UTC 2015

On 14 Jul 2015 at 5:50, Walubengo J <jwalu at> wrote:

> Dear Community,

Was good to see you at the Africa DNS Forum in Nairobi last week, hope you get this.
> 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). 

Unfortunately indeed this community mistrust of the Board may continue till community can 
see that the Board is more open, transparrent, accountable and is not being inappropriately 
swayed by those "powerful" individuals inside or ourside the Board. Only the Board can 
improve its own image here.

> 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. 

One of the major prblems or deficiencies on the current AFRINIC Board is that the minority 
voice is never heard, it is suppressed and it never makes out in the minutes, in vote counts ... 
even in elections as we saw in Tunis, etc, just as you have put it here Walu.

It is often said in governance that it is the minority view or voice that changes the world but 
those views are literary suppressed on this Board. 

So, the community seems to get a great surprise everytime such a minority voice breaks out 
in the open causing lengthy unnecessary and often petty debates like the one taking place 
right now on these AFRINIC lists.


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD
> 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.
> walu.
> 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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