AFRINIC The decision to end Cloud Innovation Ltd's membership and reclaim number resources

AFRINIC resource member Cloud Innovation Ltd's membership was revoked in July 2021, which prompted the latter to start a serious legal battle against the organisation and leaving AFRINIC unable to access its bank accounts for some months.

Ish Sookun

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Back in July this year I wrote a bunch of blog posts about the legal battle between AFRINIC and one of its resource members, Cloud Innovation Ltd. Around that time, I read several discussion threads on the AFRINIC mailing lists to grasp what was happening and more specifically why it was happening.

I missed something around that time. Probably, something crucial about how the decision was made to terminate the membership of Cloud Innovation Ltd and to start the reclamation of number resources.

The decision to revoke Cloud Innovation Ltd's membership was made during an AFRINIC Board meeting held on the 8ᵗʰ July 2021 via the online conference system. This is mentioned in the minutes of meeting published on afrinic.net.

On page 13 of the minutes of meeting, item number 11 refers to Assisted Review. This item was asked to be included in the agenda by AFRINIC CEO, Eddy Kayihura. A resolution was passed unanimously to terminate the membership of Cloud Innovation Ltd, freeze the latter's account and to take all reasonable steps to inform users about the imminent reclamation of number resources.

It was proposed by board member, Benjamin Eshun and seconded by the CEO, Eddy Kayihura. All board members voted for this resolution.