18 April 2019

Kenya: KWS Launches Corruption Prevention Policy, Code of Conduct

Nairobi — The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in conjunction with United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a corruption prevention policy and code of conduct.

The two documents are aimed at modernizing and governing the working norms and techniques of the service.

UNODC working closely with Kenya Wildlife Service developed the two crucial documents.

Documents unveiled at KWS Safari Walk were crafted taking into consideration new government policies and legislation in order to orient the Kenya Wildlife Service with Kenya's legal framework.

Speaking at the launch, UNODC Director, Division for Operations, Miwa Kato lauded the efforts of the steering committee led by the chairman Arthur Osore.

"I am glad today that we are launching documents which are going to provide a long-lasting remedy for our integrity in our working environment," he said.

The code of conduct was generated in line with the 2010 Constitution and will ensure the commitment of all KWS staff to its core values: passion, professionalism, innovation and quality; it will also create an environment that enhances ethics, honesty, integrity, compliance and respect for all employees and stakeholders.

KWS Board of Trustees Chairman John Waithaka challenged KWS staff to be ambassadors of integrity and act as perfect examples to be emulated by other state organs.

"Under my leadership, I would like you to see KWS as corruption free organisation," he said.

Established in 1997, UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime.

Through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Program and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through its network of field offices.

Addressing emerging trends and dynamics of corruption in Kenya, KWS Director General Brigadier John Waweru vowed to implement the two documents and walk through the path of integrity and ensure its success.

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