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NCIC: Recent appointments by President Uhuru Kenyatta biased

By Tobias Chanji | December 7th 2015
President Uhuru Kenyatta

Recent nominations by President Uhuru Kenyatta did not meet the constitutional requirement of regional balance, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has said.

NCIC has also said it would audit other public sector appointments to determine constitutional suitability.

Speaking at Swahili Beach Resort in Kwale Sunday, NCIC commissioners Roba Sharamo and Morris Dzoro said the commission was currently reviewing all the recent appointments.

“As a commission, we are reviewing the recent appointments to see if there is regional balance. At the top (Cabinet secretaries) you can see it is quite inclusive but we want to see if in (the category of) Principal Secretaries it is representative. We know in some levels it is not,” said Dr Sharamo.

He said NCIC had a responsibility to drive an agenda of inclusion in all recruitments, adding the commission was also auditing recruitment in all counties.

“We are also finalising audit of parastatals and want to call chairs of these parastatals or boards and managing directors that they should be inclusive,” he added.

Include communities

He noted that all appointments should have the face of Kenya.

The report on the regional balance, he said, will be ready by February next year.

“Another sector that we want to see action is on the extractive industries where we have seen that some companies are doing well in involving communities but want to tell investors that they must include communities on social cohesion,” he said.

The commissioners said the only way of managing conflicts was through involving communities in all sectors of the economy.

They both concurred that it was only through this inclusivity that issues such as radicalisation of youth would be addressed.

“We are aware Coast has experienced a lot of killings and we need to look for ways to support these people, like looking at the issues of basic needs like employment and likelihood support for those who have been left behind,” said Sharamo.

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