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49% of county employees are from same tribe, report

By NAIROBI NEWS February 25th, 2014 1 min read

Nairobi county is among several counties that have not met the desired composition of ethnic groups in their workforce, a study shows.

All counties are supposed to meet the 30 per cent constitutional threshold of the workforce to be made up of other ethnic groups besides the indigenous community in the region.

According to the report, given the cosmopolitan nature of Nairobi County, 49 per cent of the total workforce coming from the same tribe was a high figure.

The study showed that of the 13,580 workers in Nairobi, 6,649 were from the particular ethnic community.

The audit was carried out by the Transition Authority and it covered all the counties and all their staff of the devolved functions and defunct local authorities.

Only 11 counties have less than 70 per cent of staff coming from one ethnic tribe.

In Taita Taveta, 51 per cent make up the dominant tribe, Marsabit has only 29 per cent, Isiolo 39 per cent, Tharaka-Nithi has 63 per cent, Samburu 39 per cent, Uasin Gishu 65 per cent, Nandi 56 per cent, Nakuru has 50 per cent, Narok 58 per cent, while Busia has 58 per cent of the total workforce being of the same ethnicity.