AFRINIC The Supreme Court of Mauritius orders AFRINIC to not include Dr. A. Omari in Board Meetings

The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa. It is responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6 and ASN) for the African and Indian Ocean region.

Ish Sookun

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In an email sent to the Resource Members, Mr. Eddy Kayihura, the CEO of AFRINIC, informed Resource Members that an Interim Order dated 14 June 2022, issued by the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of Mauritius, was served to AFRINIC today, following an application made by one of its Resource Members, Africa on Cloud (Pty) Ltd.

The Order prohibits AFRINIC and its Board from:

  • convening any board meeting where Dr. Abdalla Omari is present in his capacity as a director of AFRINIC, and
  • from making any decision resulting in the extension of the terms of office of any of AFRINIC's elected directors.

The returnable date in court on this matter is 28 June 2022. Mr. Kayihura said that AFRINIC will not be in a position to comment further on the subject.

Dr. Abdalla Omari was elected as Board Director – Seat 6 (Eastern Africa) in the Board Elections that were held on 18 September 2020. Dr. Omari was elected to serve a two-year term.

Exactly ten days ago, after the Africa Internet Summit 2022, a Board of Directors meeting was held and Dr. Omari was appointed as Vice-Chairman of AFRINIC.