In Summary
  • He said this has forced the commission to propose amendment of the County Government Act to introduce hefty fines.
  • Dr Sharamo maintained that governors will be held personally liable for ethnic inequality and imbalance in the county public service.
  • He said the commission has received numerous complaints about county bosses being biased in recruitment.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has proposed a Sh10 million fine for governors who fail to employ non-locals in a bid to promote ethnic balance in public service.

Dr Roba Sharamo, a commissioner, said consistent failure by the counties to strike ethnic balance has forced the commission to propose amendment of the County Government Act to introduce hefty fines.

“Our proposal is that if a governor violates the law and uses public funds to enrich a certain ethnic group, they face a penalty of up to Sh10 million,” he said.

Dr Sharamo maintained that governors will be held personally liable for ethnic inequality and imbalance in the county public service.

The commissioners were attending the sixth annual conference on Independent Offices and Constitutional Commissions at White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri County.

BIASED HIRING

Since governors took the oath of office after the August 8 elections, Dr Sharamo said, the commission had received numerous complaints about county bosses being biased in recruitment.

“We want to send a signal to the new crop of governors who might be inheriting some challenges. They must look back and audit their county service and check on ethnic balance,” he said.

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