Names presented to Uhuru for wildlife agency job

By: SILAS APOLLO

The Kenya Wildlife Service Board has forwarded three names to President Uhuru Kenyatta for approval for the position of director-general.

The Board of Trustees had re-advertised the position, saying the first batch of candidates interviewed for the job did not meet the threshold.

Dr Richard Leakey, who chairs the board, said the three names were presented to Environment Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu who forwarded them to the President.

He, however, did not disclose the names.

According to Dr Leakey, the position that fell vacant following the exit of acting director William Kiprono will be filled by end of next week.

“We did get some best candidates after the second advertisement and gave the recommendations to the Cabinet secretary. The score was considerably better this time round and the matter should be solved by next week,” he told the Sunday Nation.

The positions had been re-advertised in August with a notice that none of the applicants in the first interview was selected.

The Kenya Wildlife Conservation and Management Act under section 11 gives the cabinet secretary powers to appoint the director-general in consultation with the board of directors.

Some of the candidates interviewed but were not shortlisted had accused the board of favouritism, saying it had a preferred candidate despite at least three candidates scoring above 70 per cent, which is above the average.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION