Kikuyus dominate top senior civil service jobs in government, says a report from the Public Service sent to parliament.
In the report by Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, Kalenjins come second followed by Luos and Luyha in that order.
Of the 416 senior government positions, Kikuyus come first with 120 positions followed by Kalenjins with 45, Luos with 41 and Luyhas at 33.
Other positions are shared by other tribes in this order; Kamba (27), Meru (27) and Kisii (22), Maasai (19), Mijikenda (10), Taita (8), Turkana (7), Boran (7) and Embu (6).
The rest of the positions have gone to; Kenyan Asian (1), Gabra (3), Degodia (1), Kenyan Arabs (2), Kuria (3), Mbeere (2), Ogaden (1), Orma (2), other Kenyan (1), Pokot (3), Samburu (1), Shirazi (1), Teso (4) and Tharaka (1).
While defending the tribal distribution of top jobs in the civil service, CS Kobia says that all counties are well represented and the report shows the face of the 2019 census.
“The government endeavours to adhere to the policy on regional balancing and affirmative action during recruitment and promotion of its staff while cognisant of the need to maintain professionalism and meritocracy in order to match between job requirements and competencies,” said Kobia.
The top government positions include Cabinet Secretaries (22), Principal Secretaries (42) and Chief Administrative Secretaries (26).
The distribution of the 180 heads and CEOs of 286 state corporations are; Kikuyu (36), Kalenjin (35), Luo (26), Luhya (18), Meru (13) and Kamba (10).
The ambassadors and heads of foreign missions include; Kikuyu (14), Kalenjin (7), Luo (5), Luhya (5), Kamba (4) and Meru (3).
The CS said that the top positions all go through a fair and open process, adding that: “senior positions in government are competitively filled through advertisements and interviews.”
The CS further noted that as per the existing government policy on equality and diversity, the Jubilee administration is headed the right way.
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