Dear all,


Sad as this episode in the beginning history of WMKE has been, we're at
least one step further now than we were a month ago. Rather than
culprit-bashing, I'd rather prefer to see us utilizing this as an
opportunity to inspect ourselves and our motives. Let's recognise that each
of us is easily tempted (granted, everyone in different domains) and let's
rectify ourselves where we have selfish motives and don't contribute to WMKE
for the common good.

We have already been told that "it will be Stephen's responsibility to
return the amount". Let the remainder of the board decide on a time-frame
for that. Only if Steve does not fulfill his responsibility, can next steps
be called for but certainly not just a couple of days after the initial
announcement of what has happened. Don't fall into the trap of revenge and
escalation but rather concentrate on what is needful now to keep WMKE moving
towards our common goal of the sum of human knowledge being available to
every one of our fellow citizens of this planet.


Grace and peace,

Oliver (aka BT)



From: Kosgei Isaac [] 
Sent: 05 October 2012 09:19
To: The discussion list for the Wikimedia Kenya chapter.
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] WMKE Financial Status


Abbas, I agree with you on this. It is a shame that after all the Mess at
Wikimedia Kenya, Steve has not issued an apology on this. 
In my opinion I think WMKE should take action because embezzlement of
chapter funds is a crime that should not go unpunished. 
I have copied Steve on this thread and I stress that action should be taken.

On 5 October 2012 09:00, Abbas Mahmood <> wrote:

Hi all,


(I've cc-ed Steve, just to make sure he gets this message: I'm not sure
whether he's still subscribed to this list).


Steve: After keeping up with this whole charade for months now, and being
the primary cause of this mess that we're Wikimedia Kenya is in, the least
that you could do is issue a public apology for your heinous actions.



Abbas Mahmood


Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 19:10:09 +0300
Subject: [Wikimedia Kenya] WMKE Financial Status

Hi all,

As most of you already know, we have had concerns raised over our finances
surrounding suspicions of embezzlement of funds by our treasurer. I am sad
to confirm these suspicions. Stephen Wanjau, the treasurer has come forward
and admitted to the Board that he has used part of the funds for personal
non-chapter expenses amounting to approximately USD. 800 and resigned from
the Board effective immediately.

We will now move to wire back the remaining funds to WMF for keeping until
we have our own bank account and more than one signatory for the same. As
for the embezzled funds, it will be Stephen's responsibility to return the

This is a major setback for the Chapter having had so many plans that got
sidelined over confrontations to get the issue resolved. It is my hope that
we will mobilize through this trying time and come out better and more
accountable. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks Asaf for
his support in this matter.

On Behalf of the Board,
Alex Wafula

Dear all,

As many know, in Wikimedia Spain we are dealing with a very nasty business. 

While we were preparing our financial report we caught our former secretary
stealing money from our chapter.

The stolen amount is in the vicinity of 2500 euros. He even left a debt of
~100 euros that I have personally covered. It may not seem much, but it was
all we had.

The former secretary never gave access to the new treasurer, he just made it
look like the bank was delaying the process of the change of treasurers.

He also sent us falsified extracts of the account and the amount of money in

We were so concerned with the behaviour of the bank that we were about to
change to another one. And then we received a call from the bank saying our
account was in debt.

When confronted, the former secretary confessed. All the data are clear, for
the bank's official reports are avaliable now.

Also, with the gently support of the WMF, in the persons of Asaf, Garfield
and Jay, we have already start all the legal actions needed according to
Spanish law, including formal complaint to the Police and all the papers
with the Bank. We have prepared an official statement too, "just in case"
any spanish media want to discuss the case.

This has been a huge blow for us, as you can imagine. Fortunately, it has
been only one person and the rest of the members of WMES are now trying to
re-boost our chapter. Of course, by september will be a General Assembly,
for all the Board have resign with the aim to lead a transparent process.

Best regards,

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