NCIC County Audit Report
In an audit report released on 3 rd October by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), on public institutions, most county governments have failed to adhere to the NCIC Act and County Governments Act that requires them not to employ more than two thirds of their staff from one ethnic community.
The audit further indicated that only 15 counties out of the 47 counties had adhered to the County Governments Act. The survey indicated that the largest communities in the country-ie Kikuyu, Luo, Kalenjin and Luhya are over represented at the expense of other small communities.
NCIC chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo blamed politicians for interfering with the employment process in public institutions. Politicians have the tendency of employing people from their ethnic community as a way of political leverage and not as a means of creating opportunities for the community.
This comes at a time when there has been an uproar among North Rift leaders over the appointment of Prof. Laban Ayiro as the Vice Chancellor at the Moi University, in an acting capacity for three months. There were also protests in Eldoret over the same. Their argument being that an “outsider” had been appointed at the helm of the Eldoret university which they argue should have been give to someone from their own ethnic community. The Deputy President, William Ruto has since intervened in the matter by convening meetings aimed at reaching an amicable solution.
According Linda Ochiel, a commissioner at NCIC she believes that issues of cohesion have to begin at a personal level before we get a national level. Further adding that key government entities should not employ individuals from one ethnic community as it could pose danger to national security.