Najib Balala, the former Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, has accepted a lucrative position barely days after transferring the reins to Ms. Peninah Malonza.
The nomination of Mr. Balala as Vice President was revealed in a statement released on Thursday by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), a global non-governmental organization devoted to preserving threatened wildlife and habitats.
The head of FFI, Mr. Mark Rose, said that the Balala's extensive experience in animal conservation and tourism will be important in assisting the organization, as well as fronting our future development goals and partnerships abroad.
FFI praised Mr. Balala's work in the industry and expressed confidence in his appointment, stating that while serving as CS, he significantly contributed to the growth and stability of the tourism industry in Kenya.
He worked as the chief secretary (CS) for almost 12 years, in both the administrations of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and the late Mwai Kibaki.
Mr. Balala oversaw the creation, introduction, and execution of the National Wildlife Strategy 2030 during his tenure, which FFI described as a plan for revolutionizing wildlife conservation in Kenya.
He was also a driving force behind the introduction and execution of the Wildlife Policy 2021.
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