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KWS names new Director General

01 February 2016, 20:51

Nairobi - The Kenya Wildlife Service has appointed Kitili Mbathi as the new Director General.

In a report on The Daily Nation, Environment CS Judy Wakhungu said Mbathi was "selected on merit and without political interference".

She flatly denied stories linking Mbathi to a cartel that has been pushing through public appointments for certain individuals.

“Mbathi has an impeccable leadership and financial management record and we will support him in his work," Wakhungu told reporters at KWS headquarters in Nairobi.

The controversy arose from the fact that the KWS board usually picks three names from a list of successful candidates and presents them to the Cabinet Secretary, who then selects one name and gazettes the appointment.

That did not happen with Mbathi.

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According to The Star, Mbathi, 57, resigned as CFC Stanbic Bank Chief Executive three days ago, but the organisation's Board gave no reason for his exit. 

KWS chairman Richard Leakey also played down talk of the controversial appointment saying everything was above board.

" This is a historical event in that the new DG has been appointed following a rigorous process free from any political interference," said Dr Leakey when Mr Mbathi was presented to the media at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi.

" Mr Mbathi has an impeccable leadership and financial management record and we will support him in his work," Wakhungu added.

According to the report, Mbathi said he was not yet ready to share his vision as he was not yet very familiar with his office.

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