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Background information on new KWS director

Date Published: 19 Oct, 2012
Background information on new KWS director

Mr. William Kibet Kiprono, the new Director of Kenya Wildlife Service

William Kibet Kiprono was appointed Director, Kenya Wildlife Service, in October 2012. He has been a County Commissioner, Vihiga County before this appointment.

Kiprono has served in the public service as an administrator for over 22 years. During this illustrious 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 ranks to his appointment as a County Commissioner in May 2012.

This experience afforded him, indeed 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 Director, Kenya Wildlife Service is a culmination of his selfless service to the people of Kenya. He is the first career public servant to join KWS as a 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 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. He values integrity and patriotism.

At 48, Kiprono is married and has children.

His Hobbies and Interests? Volleyball, African literature, structural functionalism and gospel music.

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