November 18, 2018

PSC develops formula to recruit Kikuyus, Luhyas, Kalenjins, Luos in public service

President Uhuru Kenyatta with PSC members in the past. [pscu]

The Public Service Commission has developed a formula guiding recruitment in the public service and putting an end to incessant ethnicity dogging Kenya’s public sector.

The formula has taken into consideration all the 45 tribes in the country and has capped their recruitment to the public service based on their national population strength.

This will effectively enhance ethnic diversity within the public service that has over the years come under fire for having just two communities as the majority.

PSC handed the formula to National Assembly’s Administration and National Security Committee where Kikuyu community-the largest in the country, will have a slice of 17 per cent in the public service.

The Luhya community will take up 13 per cent, Kalenjin 12.8 per cent and Luo will take 10 per cent.

In an earlier report published by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), it cited that the jobs in the public sector have been dominated by five ethnic communities and end up locking other communities with the same potential.

According to the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service (Carps) report developed in 2015, cites Nairobi News, about 77 per cent of all public service jobs are occupied by just six communities.

In a breakdown, the report indicated that the Kikuyu community got the lion share of public service positions with 18, 617 employees.

This was followed by Luhya community which had 8, 822 staff (12.2%) in the public service followed by the Kalenjin with 8, 275 employees (11.2%) in Kenya’s public service.

Luo, Kamba and Kisii communities occupy the public service at 10.4%, 10.3% and 8% respectively.

The Mijikenda and Maasai take up public service positions at 2.3% and 1.4% respectively.

In all constitutional commissions in the country with about 5, 679 employees; they have complied with NCIC’s 2008 Act which stipulates that they cannot hire more than 33.3% of their staff from one ethnic group.

However, the Judicial Service Commission was found to have breached this Act in one of the surveys conducted by NCIC.

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