Malala wants State to list regional distribution of top jobs
Senate Deputy Minority Leader Cleophas Malala yesterday the government to list and publicly release regional distribution of high cadre jobs in all government ministries, state agencies, and departments according to their respective ethnic groups.
Malala also wants President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to reveal names of various heads of parastatals and missions abroad.
“The committee should list and state the respective ethnic and regional backgrounds of all heads and top 10 officers deployed in government ministries, embassies, State agencies, and parastatals,” Malala said on Tuesday in a statement sought from the Senate Committee on National Cohesion and Regional Integration.
Malala argues the move would help Kenyans to estabish whether the distribution of the positions is in line with the government policy on equal allocation of opportunities to all communities and regions in Kenya.
He is also seeking to find whether the opportunities as distributed in government, help the country to achieve cohesion and integration.
“The committee should seek to ensure equitable distribution of jobs and positions in the public sector to all Kenyan communities,” he said.
A recent report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) showed that six communities; Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kisii occupy 82.6 per cent of government leaving the remaining tribes to share the 17 per cent of public jobs.
The report cited that Kikuyu who are Kenya’s most populous group control 33,783 of government jobs representing 23.4 per cent of the total, while the Kalenjin, the third most populous have 23,649 or 16.3 per cent.
The Luo, the third largest group have 18,383 or 12.7 per cent, the Luhyas, the second most populous control 18,106 (12.5 per cent), Kamba 14,707 (10.2 per cent) and Kisii 10,786 (7.5 per cent).
The report also revealed that 11 ethnic groups are overrepresented in the government as currently constituted, 14 are fairly represented while 23 are underrepresented.