Kenya:Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luo dominate state jobs
THE BIG THREE: State House Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua (R) during the launch of the biometric registration of public servants at Harambee House.
A new audit report reveals major ethnic imbalances in the public service, showing 11 ethnic groups are overrepresented.
The Public Service Commission’s 2014-15 evaluation report says the ethnic groups occupying the largest proportion of government jobs do not correspond with their proportions in the national population.
The Kikuyu community leads the list of the five most overrepresented ethnic groups, with 6.2 per cent, followed by Kalenjin at 3.5 per cent.
The Luo come third with 2.2 per cent while the Kisii are fourth with 1.7 per cent. The Taita trail at position five with 0.8 per cent. On the other hand, 14 tribes are fairly and proportionately represented, with 23 ethnic groups underrepresented.
Others are Embu (0.8 per cent) and Borana (0.6 per cent), while Taveta, Teso and Pokomo and Kamba have 0.1 per cent representation each in the public service.
The five most underrepresented communities include Mijikenda at 3.2 per cent, Gureeh (1.7 per cent), Turkana (1.6 per cent), Ogaden (1.5 per cent) and Suba at 1.4 per cent.
The proportion of overrepresentation for all the five groups increased in the last one year, rather than narrowing as expected, the report says.
The proportion of increase benefitted the Luo ethnic group the most, rising from 0.02 per cent to 2.2 per cent.
It is followed by the Kalenjin whose overrepresentation shot up to six per cent from 3.5 per cent.
Overrepresentation by the Kikuyu community rose from 5.6 per cent in 2013-14 to 6.2 per cent.
“Contrary to the expectations that remedial actions be taken to lower the proportional representation advantage, the evaluation evidence shows ministry departments and agencies did very little to ameliorate the situation,” the report says. Forty-eight ethnic groups are represented in the public service.