National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo launched audit reports that focused on ethnic issues and diversity in public institutions. The findings focused on key issues and analysis was provided on tribalism, inequality, nepotism, in relation to the recruitment of staff in public institutions which included state corporations in Kenya.
County public service findings reveal that new appointments made in the counties have contravened the law where only 15 counties (31.9%) have adhered to Section 65 of the CGA by giving more than 30% of the vacancies to members of ethnic groups that are not dominant in their region and that includes 68.1% of the counties hiring more than 70 % of their staff from one ethnic group. Kaparo stated Counties like Kirinyaga and Nandi lead the way when it comes to tribalism.
Reportedly, the bigger communities seemed to be over-represented while the smaller communities were underrepresented in most of the institutions. Information available suggests that employment is highly influenced by politics and therefore, politicians should cease interfering with the recruitment process in public institutions. All employment firms and organs in the state should be subjected to a modular lesson on the representation of diversity as one of the values and principles of public service. NCIC Chairperson Kaparo urged both the national and county governments to come up with ways to finish and deal with tribalism in the country.