A Collection of Open Source Reports
A recent report by the Nation Media Group, “The war at the heart of Kenya Wildlife Service” (see below) does not paint an image that the organization would be be proud of. The Kenya Wildlife Service unfortunately is characterized by the same integrity issues that beset all Kenya government and public agencies to a greater or lesser extent.
For an outsider, it is impossible to tell if the allegations made in the media report are corruption related or perhaps simply the result of regime change.
When Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru was appointed (irregularly) as Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General in March 2019 by President Kenyatta, he made a number of internal changes amongst his management staff. It appears that a number of those promotions have now been dispatched by the Acting Director General Dr. Erastus Kanga with the old regime being returned.
- It is of note that the recently appointed Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Dr. Alfred Mutua, has remained silent over the past ten days.
2. Dr. Erastus Kanga, was appointed by “the government” as acting Director General of KWS just over one year ago. There has been no indication as to the progress of the competitive recruitment process that the government will follow in finding a permanent replacement.
3. Nancy Kabete, mentioned in the below article, was the Deputy Director Security under DG Waweru. That position no longer appears as under that of senior management. However, the Director of Wildlife Security, is now Johana Tonui, who was actually a career police officer, most recently the police county commander of Mandera County in 2022. It is not known how he was selected for his present assignment with Kenya Wildlife Service.
4. Dr. John Waithaka, the previous head of the KWS Board of Trustees, resigned from that position reportedly due to undue interference from CS Najib Balala and other integrity issues. Waithaka was not officially replaced until January 2023, when President Ruto appointed retired Lieutenant General Walter Raria Koipaton to that position.
The war at the heart of Kenya Wildlife Service | Nation
Ms Mutung’a has since resigned and sued KWS for constructive dismissal, a legal principle in which an employee is forced to quit on account of a hostile working environment.