Born in 1949 General William Kip Ward, until his demotion, was a four star general which is a very prestigious level in the US Army.He was serving as Commander in U.S Africa Command until his demotion in November 2012. This was as a result of evidence showing that he used his rank to misuse tax payers’ money. It is alleged that General William Ward spend thousands of dollars in lavish trips abroad which included very expensive hotel rooms and spas for him and his entourage. This information was used against him and he lost his position in there United States army because of it. There is no doubt that the government is full of people who are not there to protect the interests of the taxpayers but they utilize they are position to take advantage of the resources that they have been given.
There is no doubt that the kind of gifts that William Kip Ward received from government contractors were used to give them a favor when it came to their jobs. There is no doubt that government officials are not allowed to accept any form of gifts from contractors because they might use this as an advantage to get over the other people who want to work with the government.Kip Ward received Broadway tickets from government contractors and later on went to meet Denzel Washington during the show. This is not an acceptable action from someone who has been given such huge responsibility to act as a leader and a public figure.
It was proven that William E. Ward rented out five vehicles when he visited Washington DC which cost a lot of money to the taxpayers. This is one of the fact that sealed the coffin of his faith when it was proven that he was responsible for such a deed and the defense minister had no choice but to demote him. You will find that a lot of people rallied behind the former commander stating that the defense minister was too harsh when he came to his case.This is because he would lose more than thirty thousand dollars a year in his retirement money. Some of the critics on his side thought that the defense minister should have giving William Kip Ward an opportunity to retire using his current rank in the army.
You will find that their opinion was based on the fact that he had served his country for very long time and should have been given the chance to retire in grace. It is true to say that his case has served as a warning to everyone who is in the government and wants to take advantage of their position. There is a chance that a lot of guys who serving government are guilty of such crimes and I not able to face the law. This is a very clear warning which serves to shield the taxpayer’s from suffering in the hands of corrupt individuals in the government.