After being confirmed a full chapter, Wikimedia Kenya is fast moving towards stamping its mandate and achieving its goals in Kenya and the region. On Saturday 31st March, the members of Wikimedia Kenya elected members of its historic first board. The members were presented with 7 candidates for the 5 available board positions. It was a highly competitive race and looking at the bios of the candidates, it was a tough call for every member who had a vote. I was among the candidates having began working with Wikimedia Kenya about 2 years ago.
The election was held at a meetup in Upperhill’s Public Service Club at the snooker room and it was by secret ballot after a set of rules and regulations set by the election team, headed by Chris Riwa.After the tally of the votes, the new board was announced as follows.
- Oscar Limoke
- Stephen Wanjau
- David Mugo (Myself)
- Ann Njeri
- Alex Wafula
All of the elected board members have been working with Wikipemedia Kenya for at least two years each and for sure it is a team that will make history in executing projects for Wikimedia Kenya, now a registered society in Kenya.
Part of the mandate of the board will be creating relationships with organizations and government ministries and departments to document more of Kenya’s rich culture, history, leadership and more. The board will also see further involvement of Africans in Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Kenya is only the second chapter in Africa and this means we have to work hard to grow this.
This again is something I am highly proud of and I will work my best to elevate Wikimedia Kenya to great heights.