Inspector-General of police Hillary Mutyambai and Kenya Defense Force (KDF) Chief of Staff General Robert Kibochi are among 10 officials who have been appointed honorary wildlife wardens.
According to a gazette notice released by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Friday, February 19, the senior police officers were appointed to the posts for a period of 3 years.
Other officials appointed are Lt Gen. Levi Mghalu, Major General Francis Ogolla, Lt. General Walter Koipaton, Major General Jimson Mutai, Julius Kamau, Wycliffe Ogallo and Maltida Sakwa.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is a government corporation established by an Act of parliament to manage and conserve wildlife in Kenya and to enforce wildlife-related laws.
Section 12 (5) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 provides for the selection of suitable individuals to be honorary wardens to assist the service in carrying out this Act’s provisions.
A previous appointee to the post is Muhoho Kenyatta, who is the Executive Chairman of Brookside Dairy.
The Honorary Wardens charged with championing the conservation of Kenya’s flora and fauna will work for three years by way of raising awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation.
They will be Kenya’s wildlife ambassadors and aid in raising funds to keep the country’s national parks thriving.
Other duties of an Honorary Warden are subject to each individual’s competence and skills and shall include but not limited to wildlife security, conservation education, community engagements, problematic animal management and awareness creation on wildlife conservation.
Further duties include fundraising for wildlife conservation, wildlife dislocation, species and ecosystem monitoring, fire management in protected areas, wildlife census, wildlife utilization management and wildlife veterinary practice.
A candidate must also be a resident of the Conservation Area in which they are applying for Honorary Wardenship.
They must be active in wildlife conservation initiatives within the conservation area.
The position shall be for a voluntary renewable contract of three years subject to satisfactory performance.