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40 per cent of jobs in Nairobi County dominated by one community

The Auditor General’s report for the year ending June 2023 continues to reveal massive loopholes in the Nairobi City County government under the administration of Governor Johnson Sakaja.

According to the report, which focused on the executive side, jobs in the city are dominated by one ethical community.

The audit reports that out of a total of 13,354 workers, 5,368 representing 40 per cent are from one community, raising concerns about inclusivity in employment in the county.

This also goes against the National Cohesion and Integration Act of 2008, which states that all public institutions shall seek to represent the diversity of the population.

“All public institutions shall seek to represent the diversity of the people of Kenya in the employment of staff. No public establishment shall employ more than one-third of its staff from the same ethnic community,” the Act states.

This comes against the backdrop of the recent court ruling on the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) recruitment after it was found that the majority of positions were dominated by two communities.

Salary discrepancy

In addition, the report has revealed that a total of 256 employees in the executive are earning net salaries that are less than one-third of their basic salaries, contrary to the provision of Part C.1(3) of the Human Resource Policies and Procedures Manual for the Public Service of 2016, which states that civil servants shall not be paid more than two-thirds of their basic salaries.

The report also highlighted the county’s failure to comply with the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2003, as only 167 (1.25 per cent) out of 13,354 employees were classified as persons with disabilities.

Section 13 of the Persons with Disabilities Act recommends that 5 per cent of employees should be from this group.