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Kenya Forest Service recruits more Forest Rangers to the Service

Kenya Forest Service recruited 291 rangers, the highest number of recruits the Service has recruited at ago at a Pass out parade ceremony that was conducted on Friday 20th May 2016 at the Kenya Forestry College parade ground Londiani.

This is the final lot of the 488 which the Ministry had approved to enhance the Forest Ranger Force in KFS and entry of these 291 forest rangers into active service is expected to greatly boost the number of Enforcement and Compliance officers.


The Pass Out parade was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu. She was accompanied by the Principal Secretary State Department of Natural Resources Dr.  Margaret Mwakima, the Chairman KFS Board Peter Kinyua, KFS Board Directors, Director KFS Emilio Mugo, Principal Kenya Forestry College Prof Donald Ogweno and the KFS Commandant Alex Lemarkoko. Also present at the event was the County Commissioner Mr. Muktar Abdi, senior officers from KFS, Service commanders and the families of the recruits.

Speaking during the parade the Cabinet Secretary MENRRD Prof. Judi Wakhungu congratulated the Forest Ranger recruits who were passing out for successfully completing the intensive four months training course which despite being  rigorous and demanding both physically and intellectually,  they  followed through with diligence, commitment and great discipline. These qualities she said were proven by the display they put forth during the pass out parade. 

 

She also informed the recruits to project an image of a competent, effective and professional Service that is able to deal with the many challenges facing forest conservation in this country. She further informed them that they were expected to handle the assets and equipment under their charge with great sensitivity and professionalism, so that no case of misuse should arise.   “As public servants, your commitment must be to serve your employers – the public – with humility and steadfast dedication”, she said


Further, Prof.  Wakhungu informed the recruits, that they were now becoming Public servants, who are subject to the Public Officer Ethics Act and thus in their duties, would  be in charge of a critical natural resource, being eyed by many unscrupulous and unethical persons who aim to enrich themselves at the expense of our natural resources.    She thus reminded the recruits of the oath they had just sworn where they committed themselves to undertake only lawful orders and actions. Further she informed them that the Government has declared zero tolerance to corruption, and any corrupt or unethical activities on their part would not only lead to losing their job, but would also lead to prosecution and possible jail terms.   “As young officers in the Service, remember that you are the leaders of tomorrow, and that tomorrow can only be better for all of us if we build a just and equal society, that is free of corruption and governed by the rule of the law”, she said


The Chairman KFS Board Mr. Kinyua in his speech reminded the recruits that their roles and duties in the Kenya Forest Service were very important and critical for the sustenance of the forestry sector which is the anchor of all our of country’s economic mainstays. They are therefore charged with a heavy responsibility of protecting a key resource that the whole country relies upon.  He further encouraged the recruits to be diligent, hardworking and competent in discharging their duties.
 “You must put to practise what you have learnt here and seek more advice from the colleagues you are about to join so that you can be effective in your work”, he said


Mr Kinyua then advised the recruits to at all times develop and maintain cordial working relations with the communities and not to view them as adversaries but as partners in forest conservation and management.

 

CS, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof Judy Wakhungu, PS, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr Margaret Mwakima, Chairman of the Board, KFS Peter Kinyua, Director KFS, Emilio Mugo are joined by KFS Senior officers during pass out parade of 291 forest rangers who graduated from KFS Paramilitary Training in Londiani,Kericho County

 

 


A bunch of 291 Forest rangers recruits who graduated from KFS Paramilitary Training in Londiani, Kericho County

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