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William K. Kiprono – the new Kenya Wildlife Service CEO

William K. Kiprono – the new Kenya Wildlife Service CEO
William K. Kiprono, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Uganda | Oct 19, 2012

(eTN) - William Kibet Kiprono was recently appointed Director, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), in October 2012. He was a County Commissioner for Vihiga County prior to this high-profile appointment.

Kiprono has served in the public service as an administrator for over 22 years. During his career he has worked and served in Kajiado, Baringo, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kisumu, Makueni, Marsabit, Mwingi, Samburu, Busia, Tharaka Nithi, and recently Vihiga County. He was first appointed as a District Officer in 1990 before rising through the ranks to his appointment as a County Commissioner in May 2012.

This experience prepared him to take up the role of the CEO of a government agency that has both uniformed and non-uniformed members of staff. His appointment as Executive Director of Kenya Wildlife Service is a culmination of his public service in Kenya. He is in fact the first ever career public servant to join KWS as an Executive Director.

His decision to accept the appointment as the Director was informed by the belief that he can take up the challenge of addressing human wildlife conflict, poaching, and winning more space for wildlife. He foresees natural resource-based conflicts happening in the future if nothing is done to address wanton destruction of the environment by the current generation. He has set out to address these challenges through enhancing law enforcement, providing conservation education and awareness, and lobbying for relevant legislations that solidly anchor conservation agenda. He plans to build synergies with all stakeholders for sustainable wildlife management in the country in his first 100 days as the Director.

Kiprono is enrolled at Egerton University for a doctoral degree in management. He previously attained his postgraduate degree at the same university in year 2009. His undergraduate degree was obtained at Moi University in year 1990.

A St. Patrick (Iten) alumnus, Kiprono has attended several other trainings in management and strategic leadership at the Kenya School of Government. He has undertaken paramilitary training for administration officers as well as anti-terrorism and disaster response training in Israel. A strong believer in constitutionalism and teamwork, he intends to give KWS a human face that upholds the supremacy of the people of Kenya as enshrined in the constitution. In his own words he values integrity and patriotism.

Best of luck to William in what is without doubt the greatest professional challenge in his life.

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