Sunday, 16 November 2014
Lawyer Philip Murgor Is New Chairman of WildlifeDirect Kenya
Murgor's appointment was made at a board meeting held at the Amboseli National Park in early November 2014. The international board was in Kenya to mark the first anniversary of WildlifeDirect's flagship campaign, Hands Off Our Elephants.
This appointment will greatly strengthen the organisation, given his wealth of experience gained over two decades, working in both local and international litigation, serving formerly as a State Counsel, as Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions and currently as the managing partner of Murgor and Murgor Advocates. WildlifeDirect is committed and dedicated to changing laws and people's behaviour and attitudes related to wildlife crime in Kenya and throughout Africa.
In the last year, WildlifeDirect, through its Hands Off Our Elephants campaign, was in the forefront in championing the passing into law of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013.
Currently, the organisation is conducting a study into the enforce-ability of the new law in relation to wildlife trafficking crimes in Kenya. Philip Murgor's contribution towards this end will not only be felt in Kenya but across the entire African continent where the Hands Off our Elephants campaign will go.
Other members of the Kenyan board include development expert Irungu Houghton and Ali Daud Mohamed, the Climate Change Advisor in the office of the Deputy President.
The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is the patron of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign, launched to advocate for the protection of remaining elephant populations.