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4 Dominant Tribes Controlling 80% of Government Jobs

The Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Luhya, and Luos are the four tribes that control more than 80% of employment across all 47 counties. Furthermore, county governments allocate only 1% of their workforce for recruitment purposes to 29 tribes.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has issued a damning audit report on the diversity of county public service. The report reveals that only thirteen of forty-seven counties have adopted the national recruitment policy.

Furthermore, the number of counties that have adopted ethnic diversification in job enrollment has decreased from twenty-one in 2016 to thirteen this year. The 200-page report discloses that the aggregate number of employees in counties is 184,876 and that females comprise 53% of the workforce.

There are 2,089 employees with disabilities in counties, which accounts for 1.14 percent of the total workforce. With an approximate wage bill of Ksh.1.2 billion, Nairobi County maintains the most significant staff count of 13,513, which accounts for 7.37% of the county workforce.

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With an 80% recruitment margin, the Kalenjins, Kikuyus, Luhyas, and Luos are the top ten tribes that control employment opportunities in all 47 counties. A mere 1% of employment recruitment in the devolved units is comprised of 29 tribes.

Following the Kalenjins at 15.83% are the Kikuyus at 15.77%. Luo and Luhya ethnicities are ranked fourth and third, with respective employment rates of 9.81% and 11.6%, respectively.

Marsabit County ranks first among the devolved units in compliance, with the Borana tribe holding the majority share of 33.41% of job enrolments.

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The logarithm ranks Lamu and Tana River Counties second and third, respectively, with dominant communities comprising 33.92 and 37.72 percent.

Bomet County exhibits the lowest level of compliance with the Kalenjin, the dominant tribe in the region, constituting 97% of the personnel workforce. Among the 3,357 employees, 3,268 are Kalenjins, whereas the Kisiis rank significantly lower with a meager 26 personnel.

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Since 2016, Nairobi County has been ranked first among counties with the most incredible diversity in the workplace, with 38 ethnic communities. West Pokot County has experienced the most severe decline in diversity, with a decrease of 42.35%.

A mere 13 counties out of 47 adhere to the prescribed employment and recruitment protocols. Furthermore, the proportion of counties that have adopted ethnic diversity in job enrollment has declined from 21 in 2016 to 13 this year.

Problems like staff inheritance, not having a clear framework for county employment, political interference, limited budgets, favoritism, lax oversight bodies, and lack of professionalism all make it hard for devolved units to follow employment rules.

“Will NCIC maintain its reputation as a toothless dog?” Will the NCIC continue to monitor counties as they appoint ethnically biased officials? At the report’s launch, NCIC Vice Chair Wambui Nyutu stated, “We encourage the public to approach us; if necessary, we will resort to litigation and request EACC to halt unlawful appointments.”

She further stated that the subsequent NCIC audit would center on national government and institutions to rectify disparities in the distribution of human resources throughout the nation.


4 Dominant Tribes Controlling 80% of Government Jobs

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