NCIC Launches The Ethnic And Diversity Audit Reports Of Public Institutions

The Commission officially launched the 2016 Ethnic and Diversity Audit reports of public institutions on 3rd October 2016 at the NCIC offices.

The audits carried out in all Commissions, Parastatals and Counties aimed at enhancing equality of opportunity for all, reducing discrimination on the basis of ethnicity in the recruitment of staff in public institutions, and promoting affirmative action for excluded communities in public employment.

The exercise produced mixed results with the Audit of the Commissions revealing that 93% had complied with the NCI Act, by employing less than 33.3% of their staff from one ethnic group. Only one (Judicial Service Commission), out of the fifteen surveyed flouted the Act by employing 39% of its staff from the Kikuyu community. The most diverse commission was reported to be the Parliamentary Service Commission which had 29 ethnic communities in its staff.

Of the 185 state corporations surveyed, 129 complied with the NCI Act since the majority ethnic group in their employment did not exceed 33.3%.

State corporations with offices in different counties, such as the NSSF were found to be more compliant. They revealed the most diverse institution as the Kenya Ports Authority which recruited 34 ethnic groups, followed by the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Revenue Authority who all have 30 ethnic groups within their staffing.

In the counties, the study revealed that new appointments contravened the law. Only 15 counties (31.9%) adhered to section 65 of the CGA by giving more than 30% of the vacancies at entry level to members of ethnic groups that are not dominant in their precincts. In fact 68.1% of the counties had hired more than 70 % of their staff from one ethnic group.

On the overall, counties such as Kilifi, Mombasa, and Kwale with 33, and Nakuru with 31 ethnic groups were the most diverse while others such as Kirinyaga, Nandi and Nyeri with 9, 10 and 11 respectively had very few ethnic groups.

Only 13 County Assemblies had recruited at least 30% of their employees from the non-dominant ethnic groups. Furthermore, the County Assemblies of Kirinyaga and Nandi had recruited only one ethnic group in the entire Assembly workforce. Observation made from the study affirms that counties with many ethnic groups tended to adhere to legal expectations but counties with leaner ethnic group representation tended to flout the provision of the CGA.

The official launch of the reports was presided over by the NCIC Chairperson Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo and the Commissioners.




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