1 - Evidence of Manipulation by the AU DotAfrica Task Force to fulfill the exact wishes of the community they have defined:
Against the backdrop that the AU never intended to apply directly for DotAfrica in the first place, which was the basis of endorsement given to DCA, and the current change in direction from one of soliciting for support from various countries to enable the AU apply for DotAfrica, to that of the AU no longer wanting to be an applicant, it is clear that there is an unseen hand that is presently manipulating the DotAfrica gTLD project at the AU with the goal of achieving a certain pre-determined outcome.
In a recent ComputerWorld Kenya article, the following statement was attributed to Mr. Vika Mpisane of the AfTLD: "the AU is only interested in making sure that .africa benefits Africa's Internet Community." (See Computer World article http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=C950F80D-01AB-74C0-D54CC6087A9E451B
Similarly, Mr. Badru Ntege, CEO of NFT Consult who is a strong proponent of a community-owned and operated DotAfrica, had mentioned to the AfriCANN emailing list on 22nd November 2011 that: "I think the community has an opportunity to influence the direction and also get the solution it deserves" whilst also insisting that "the AU decision should be informed by the community and so the community needs to take an active role in the dialogue. "
1a) AU Taskforce advising the AU in fulfillment of the particular wishes of their "community"
And so we have, an amorphous African Internet Community whose leaders have not only floated separate DotAfrica proposals in the past which failed to gain traction and momentum, but have now constituted the membership of the AU Task Force on DotAfrica, thereby providing advice to the continental organization that has resulted in the exact fulfillment of the particular wishes of this community. What are we to make of all these?
Even during the Experts Meeting of the African Ministerial Round-Table in Dakar, the ARC representative in his comments after presentation had urged the AU to "endorse quickly so they could go ahead to identify the technical expertise required for implementation." Accordingly, it has become rather difficult to separate the actual views and wishes of the AU as an independent organization, from the wishes and views of the AU Taskforce and the special interest groups that this putative advisory body and their cohorts represent.
1b) Using the AU to serve the needs of a "Special Interest Group" by hiding behind the profusion of 'Internet Governance' organizations
Again, in this confused meddlesomeness, it has become also rather difficult to properly distinguish between the African Union as a 'community of member-states in Africa' from an 'African Internet Community' that has been loosely defined to conveniently comprise of AfriNIC, AfrISPA, AfNOG, AfTLD, AfCERT, AfrICANN, AfRALO, AfREN, etc; most of them existing only in name and many others either lacking proper legally constituted corporate formation documents or proper official establishment within any given jurisdiction in Africa.
We believe that this ruse has gone on for far too long - and DotAfrica is being hijacked to serve the needs of the special interest groups behind the profusion of 'Internet Governance' organizations in Africa, and the individuals behind these schemes want to take over DotAfrica as they chase after filthy lucre in the pursuit of an entirely self-serving and rent-seeking agenda.
1c) Hijacking a "Geographic" TLD for Community Use & Ownership
It is generally agreed that DotAfrica is a geographic TLD by definition and is supposed to serve diverse needs and interests as a generic Top Level Domain based on ICANN delegation specificities into the root zone of the Interent Domain Naming System (DNS), but the so-called African Internet Community believes that DotAfrica should be community owned.
Why a geographic TLD should be community owned has not been made clear by the leaders of the 'community', who have now gone ahead to indicate in the RFP document that the winning bidder should bear in mind that: "This is a geographical TLD which should be run on behalf of the community", and "Collaborate with the Internet community on the project" and "Lead the effort to create an active domain name community in Africa".
1d) "Community of Nations in Africa" vs. "African Internet Community"
It is crystal clear from all these open allusions to 'community ownership and collaboration and creating an active domain name community' that the amorphous African Internet Community is determined to hijack DotAfrica for itself and has simply used the machinery of the AU - especially its power over African governments and diplomatic influence as an inter-governmental organization - to achieve their desire.
Since the AU always recalls and reaffirms whatever resolutions that is convenient for it to cite, either issued by the Assembly of Heads of States, or the Council of Ministers; even though these resolutions, for whatever they are worth, do not count as actual endorsements
as far as the ICANN new gtLD Applicant Guidebook is concerned, it is important that we know that credence can only be given to the 'community of nations in Africa' an entirely political construct for the purposes of inter-governmental relations and cooperation or people-to-people, and not, to the 'African Internet Community' which does not need the resolutions of African Heads of States and Council of Ministers to approve that it should be allowed to gain control of DotAfrica as a community-owned Internet resource to be operated and run on behalf of the 'community'.
If the African Heads of States and the Council of Ministers really knew??? that a discredited DotAfrica Task Force has been acting with impunity and appropriating decisions in their name, in the furtherance of a selfish agenda that will only benefit the so-called leaders of the 'Amorphous African Internet Community',
it would have since approved of its disbandment and a Panel of Inquiry to look into the activities of this Cabal.