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[rpd] Re: [members-discuss] Board Chair and Vice Chair

McTim dogwallah at
Sat Jul 25 22:15:17 UTC 2015


On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 5:58 PM, serge ilunga <sergekbk at> wrote:

> Hello Andrew,
> We are a community and each one of us can bring his stone to build it.
> I humbly think that trust is critical to the survival of AfriNIC and the
> events we have gone through last days has affected this critical pillar.
> We don't have so much time to spend going back and forth on this but to
> prevent community members being shouted down or misled, here is a comment :
> A new board member can be as good or better chairs depending on their
> involvement in Afrinic so suggesting an issue exists with appointing new
> members as chairman is an attempt to exclude and create class structure
> among board members .
> Irrespective of what bylaws  say the board and it's chairs have oversight
> of all committees and all deliberations in practice even if it's in a hands
> off manner.

As a former NomCom Chair, I can tell you that this is not the case.  When I
sat on the Nominating Committee, the Board had zero input into
deliberations.  The elections and Nominations processes are reported to the
Board, but the Board does not provide "oversight".

> A sitting chairman with divided attention (board work and his election
> campaign) cannot be better than a chairman focused on only board work.
> It is constructive proposal to establish the governance committee and
> these discussions further illustrate the need.
> We can't sweep it away.

We can however, state how things actually work.  It seems that you are
basing your judgement on how you think they work, not how they actually


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indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel
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