The case of Evans Mukolwe will not give much encouragement to anyone considering a job with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). Mukolwe was recruited from a senior job with considerable prestige at the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. He was appointed in October 2003 but though he was promised that the salary associated with the new post as director of KWS would be made comparable to that which he had enjoyed in Switzerland, he was repeatedly frustrated when salary increases failed to materialise, writes Carmel Rickard in her A Matter of Justice column on the Legalbrief site. Finally, in June 2004, he received a letter from the board of trustees giving him the increase and associated perks. The upgraded salary lasted only a couple of months, however. Then he was suddenly suspended, without pay. KWS claimed that the letter telling Mukolwe about his pay increase was forged; a very serious claim to make about anyone, let alone a scientist who had been hand-picked and persuaded to leave his position as Director Co-ordinator for Scientific and Technical Programmes in the WMO Secretariat in Geneva. Understandably, Mukolwe sued and he has just been awarded more than Kshs24m ($240 000) in damages plus three months’ salary in lieu of notice and other payments.