Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director-general Brigadier (retired) John Migui Waweru is a man under siege, after an audit that unearthed damning corruption at the agency.
The corruption allegedly orchestrated by Brigadier Waweru has turned Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala into a spectator, unable to take action since Waweru is a direct appointee of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The audit which has revealed deeply entrenched poor leadership and costly inefficiencies implicates Waweru’s close allies Edwin Wanyonyi (Deputy Director Strategy & Change), head of procurement Mr Wambua and the head of RoadsEng Walter Ochieng.
Brigadier’s team has taken siege the Tender Evaluation Committee, and any contractor who is awarded a tender has to pay a ten percent kickback.
The audit looked into the phone and bank records of the four, and also their close associates who are said to be beneficiaries of the graft.
The cartel is said to target the road maintainance kitty, which receives hundreds of millions from the Kenya Roads Board (KRB)for maintenance of roads within national parks and game reserves. In the current financial year KWS received Ksh700 million from KRB.
Among the contracts that have attracted attention from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) include the construction of a Ksh31 million mansion for Waweru inside Nairobi National Park.
The tender was awarded to a waste collection company suspected to be linked to the Brigadier Waweru by proxy.
Even as the senior management allegedly concentrates on looting, the junior staffers are said to be colluding with poachers a move that could see endangered species wiped out in less than five years.
Brigadier Waweru was appointed to this position on March 13, 2019.
He was born on December 5, 1961 in Nairobi, Kenya and joined the Kenya Navy on April 14, 1982.