It was yet another milestone for the Kenya Forest Service when 32 of its senior officers graduated from the Senior Administration Police Training College. The group consisting officers in the ranks of Deputy Director, and Senior Assistant Director have been undertaking paramilitary training for the past six weeks.
Speaking during the passing out parade held at the institution, KFS Director David Kahuria Mbugua congratulated the graduating group for the hard work they had put in during the course period. He said the course prepared the officers for the tasks ahead and urged them to represent the Service at their levels of service through ensuring accurate and right decisions are taken on behalf of the organization.
The Administration Police Commandant Mr. Kinuthia Mbugua who was the chief guest challenged the graduates to nurture an organization culture founded on discipline and integrity.
“The public reacts to an organization based on the character of its officers that they interact with,” Said Mr. Kinuthia.
He said reforms must trickle down to the forest rangers who are the most visible people on the ground. It is only then, that the public can clearly identify a reforming organization.
“Reforms must be carried to the bottom, as it is them that interact with the people”, said Mr. Kinuthia
While noting the KFS mandate was a huge task, he said this can only be achieved when other institutions and the general public recognized the Service as the ultimate authority in forestry issues. He noted for forest cover to increase, all Kenyans must take the Service seriously.
He urged the officers to stay loyal to the Kenya Forest Service, take up its vision and guard the organization’s values with everything they have.
“Be proud of the Service, that way will be able to distinguish yourself and translate the same to your juniors – you are the custodians of the KFS organization culture”, he emphasized.
The graduation marked the end of the second group of training of technical officers of the KFS in a process aimed at harmonizing working relationships in the Service and building the KFS brand. The third group is scheduled for training beginning 6th June 2010.
Story & Pictures Courtesy of Charles Ngunjiri