Thanks for this cautious and tentative initiative. I continue to be active
as a Wikimedian (cf.
!&uselang=en> &go=Go!&uselang=en) and I am based in Kenya, so that
presumably makes me a . Wikimedian in Kenya :-)

Yours for making the sum of human knowledge available to everyone on this
planet (and in my case, especially to everyone in the Swahili-speaking

BT (aka Oliver)



From: dennis munene [] 
Sent: 12 March 2013 12:13
To: Wikimedia Kenya
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] From chapter to user group



I agree with Oscar, we were our own let down. Being a User Group should not
in any way dwindle our commitment. You can count me in as part of the User
Group [Wikimedians in Kenya?] :)




Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:38:04 +0300
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Kenya] From chapter to user group

Hi All,


I know all of us have been absorbing and digesting this news over the past
couple of weeks. I think its time we now discussed and forged a way forward.
True we were our own let down in many ways. We failed in many ways to steer
ourselves to full registration 12 months after being granted charter. We
failed to get legal registration locally and we failed to manage the 1st
Start up grant for our Chapter. We failed to resolve issues surrounding the
embezzlement and we refused to take responsibility  I think Sue and Asaf are
justified to deny us further recognition.



So I guess its a User group we are. As such, we need to start to chat a way
forward along this line. Could we start taking a new call for this user
group?  Remember, Officially Wikimedia Kenya Chapter is no more


If you would want to join and be apart of this user group, please let us
start a conversation  Only if you are interested.


Look forward to this new course.




On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM, Asaf Bartov <> wrote:

Dear colleagues in Kenya,


I would like to let you know that (after consultation with the Affiliations
Committee) the Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardner, is not
extending the Board of Trustees' provisional recognition of your group as
Wikimedia Kenya.  We recommend you pursue recognition as Wikimedia User
Group instead. 


The recognition was conditional upon incorporation within a year, and that
has not happened.  In addition, the provisional board disintegrated (with
some people leaving the chapter entirely) and no replacement announced,
almost no activity took place this past year, casting doubt on the group's
sustainability as a chapter, and certain personal issues added much
confusion and demoralization, which no doubt contributed to the inactivity.


In parallel, the Wikimedia movement has created new models of affiliation,
not available at the time your group was seeking recognition, that we are
confident would better serve your group at this stage, and would be more
appropriate, than the traditional incorporated chapter model.  


Specifically, we encourage you to seek Wikimedia User Group recognition (via
AffCom -- e-mail right now, which will give you
almost all the benefits of chapter recognition, with almost none of the
bureaucracy: trademark permission will be available to you, and as you know,
grants are always available, even to unincorporated groups (and we will take
steps to improve group oversight and governance to minimize risk).
Everything I know about this group and about AffCom suggests this should be
a smooth process.


Note that this does mean that the name "Wikimedia Kenya" should no longer be
used by you or others to refer to your group, and specifically, that you are
not to incorporate under that name.  (It is best if incorporation under any
name is postponed until there's a better idea of the group's interest,
capacity, and plans.  Creating a formal entity prematurely could saddle you
with inconvenient responsibilities without any of the benefits.)


"Wikimedians in Kenya", "Friends of Wikipedia in Kenya", and any number of
other names you may feel comfortable with, are good possibilities for the
name of your group, and can be recognized by the WMF if you do choose to
pursue User Group recognition.


We'd like to stress this is neither a punishment nor a demotion of your
group; it is actually an adjustment of what we call the group to match
reality and to adhere to the original terms of the provisional recognition.
We recognize your dedicated and valuable contributions in the past, and look
forward to renewed energy and accomplishments on this new path, as a user
group, and will be happy to support you in this in every way we can.


On behalf of Sue Gardner and the Wikimedia Foundation,


   Asaf Bartov


    Asaf Bartov
    Wikimedia <>  Foundation


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