National cohesion Kenya 10 powerful jobs that have this week gone to members of 1 tribe

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Out of 12 appointments, 10 were from one community

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) while announcing resignation of Attorney General Githu Muigai (left) play President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) while announcing resignation of Attorney General Githu Muigai (left) (PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has this week made several government changes that have once again cast a spotlight on the representation of the "face of Kenya" in the public service.

Since Monday, President Kenyatta has appointed a total of twelve senior government officials while Transport CS James Macharia has appointed three people to senior government positions.

Out of the twelve appointments made in the past three days, ten of the appointees have come from the Kikuyu community. The Kalenjin and Kisii community have received one slot each.

play Tansport CS James Macharia (Nation)

 

New PSs

The first set of appointments was quietly made on Monday when President Kenyatta picked three new PS to serve in the Transport docket.

The PSs included Charles Hinga Mwaura (Housing) Paul Hinga (Roads), Nancy Karigithu (Maritime), all the three are members of the Kikuyu community.

The Transport CS would later gazette names of three persons named to be as members of the Transport Board. They included Mary Chege, Zacharia Mungai and Ronald Ndegwa - all members of the Kikuyu community.

On Tuesday, Kenyatta announced more changes after he picked Kihara Kariuki as the new Attorney General, Njee Muturi as Deputy Chief of Staff, and Ken Ogeto as Solicitor General.

play Justice Kihara Kariuki who will serve as the new Attorney General (Nation)

 

Judicial Service Commission

Ogeto, who is a Kisii, was the only appointee who is not of Kikuyu heritage.

In the Judicial Service Commission, the President appointed Olive Mugenda, Patrick Gichohi, and Felix Koskei.

Koskei is Kalenjin and was the only appointee outside the President's community.

The development raises questions of national cohesion and representation in government as it comes at a time when the Auditor General and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) have raised the red flag over the domination by members of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities in government.

A previous government report stated that Kikuyus comprise the largest number of employees in parastatals at 25 per cent followed by Kalenjins at 17 per cent.

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