Public Service Commission chairman Stephen Kirogo has assured minority communities that there will be no discrimination in recruitment of personnel in the public service.
He said the Commission applies a diversity formula that guarantees all communities and special interests an equal chance to be considered for government jobs.
Mr Kirogo emphasized that the Commission is guided by principles set out in the Constitution focusing on meritocracy as well as affirmative action that is based on gender, disability and minority considerations.
“We are committed to ensure that the public service reflects the face of Kenya in which all communities feel that they are represented,” said Mr Kirogo, adding that over 3,200 new jobs that the Commission recently advertised are up for grabs in various government ministries and departments.
He was speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with leaders of minority communities at Commission House in Nairobi. Among the communities represented were the Ogiek, Sengwer, Yaaku and El-Molo.
Speaking on their behalf, the chairman of the Ogiek community Johnson Takur expressed concern that their communities had been marginalized in various ways for a long time and called for affirmative action to uplift their lot. He thanked the Commission for its diversity policy that gives equal opportunity to all Kenyans seeking employment in the public sector.
The leaders noted that county governments were flouting the constitutional requirement on inclusivity in county level jobs by failing to accommodate minority communities.
The Diversity Policy was released by the Public Service Commission in May 2016. The policy provides guidelines on mainstreaming and management of diversity issues in the public service and ensures that the public service is representative and reflective of Kenya’s diverse communities.
During the year 2017/2018, 5,850 new appointments in the public service were taken by marginalized and minority communities while another 1,530 were promoted to higher grades.