According to the NCIC ,Kenya is facing a crisis of tribalism after the first ethnic audit of the civil service revealed that the five big communities occupy nearly 70 percent of all government jobs. The survey undertaken by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) gave shocking details of how political patronage and personality-based leadership had reduced the civil service into an exclusive club of the big communities at the expense of the so called small communities.(Wonder how they concluded the political part since majority in civil service have no political god fathers and are there by virtue of education)
According to the survey, members of the Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luhya, Kamba and Luo communities occupy 70 per cent of all jobs in the civil service. The Kikuyu lead the pack with 22.3 per cent of all civil service jobs, followed by the Kalenjin (16.7 per cent), Luhya (11.3 per cent), Kamba (9.7 per cent), Luo (9.0 per cent) and Kisii (6.8 per cent). The so-called small communities are at the tail end of the survey, with over twenty having less than one per cent of their population in the civil service. In fact, seven of them have less than 100 members in the civil service each.
Among those communities who have less than one per cent of their populations in the civil service include the Teso (0.9 per cent), Samburu (0.6 per cent), Pokomo (0.6 per cent), Kuria (0.5 per cent), and Mbeere (0.5 per cent) among others.The audit reveals that the Kikuyu constitute the largest single dominant ethnic group in all ministries and departments, with the exception of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Police and Prisons departments.
In my view it is unfortunate we have commissioners who habor such kind of reasoning.(What is the cumulative IQ of people who work in this commission) The Kenyan civil service has to have ethnicity because all kenyans come from somewhere. What is the point of publishing such a report? Wouldn’t a report of the academic qualifications of government employees been more helpful in public sector service delivery improvement ? What is the point of telling us the tribe of those who provide our services? Call me what you want but I am yet to meet a kenyan who cares what tribe a government employee providing a service comes from. What kenyans want is just good service ! Yes we should fight negative ethnicity/tribalism but why the onslaught on ethnicity/tribal heritage. There is nothing wrong with 70% dominance if the said tribes are 70% of population.It only makes perfect sense! Even if you ignore other factors such as community literacy,graduation rates,access to education amongst different communities as a perfectly good explanation for the discrepancies There is nothing wrong with having a civil service dominated by kikuyus (22%)Since Kikuyus are 23% of the population.
We must seek lasting solutions to the complex problems Kenya faces. Simplistic solutions have never solved complex problems. It is a shame that this commission continues to exist .If we want to build a stable nation let as address the issues affecting the Teso (0.9 per cent), Samburu (0.6 per cent), Pokomo (0.6 per cent), Kuria (0.5 per cent), and Mbeere (0.5 per cent) among others in health,security,education.Doesnt the commission know that access to education, university graduation rates and literacy affects inadmissibility in securing civil service jobs ? We can not expect equal balance when communities in kenya still do not have access to the aforementioned .
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