Friday, 11 April 2014

KWS Suspends Six Top Officers Over Poaching

The Kenya Wildlife Service has suspended six senior officers suspected of mismanagement and poaching. Sources at KWS said the five are just the first casualties and more changes are coming. "They will be investigated for their lack of contribution to end poaching and mismanagement," said an official who did not wish to be named.

A sixth officer, KWS deputy director Patrick Omondi, who is abroad will be informed of his suspension immediately he lands at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The suspensions were announced in a statement yesterday by Environment PS Richard Lesiyampe. "The five senior officers have been asked to proceed on leave to pave way for investigations into operations at the Kenya Wildlife Service," reads the statement. Lesiyampe said the decision was taken after consultations between the ministry and the KWS management.

The five are deputy director of finance and administration William Waweru, deputy director of security Julius Kimani, deputy director of corporate services Tom Sipul, head of finance Wesley Isanda and head of procurement Christopher Oludhe.

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