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Central, Rift Valley get 40pc of board slots

The Public Investments Committee (PIC) chairman Abdulswamad Nassir. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The Public Investments Committee (PIC) chairman Abdulswamad Nassir. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Central and Rift Valley regions dominate the list of beneficiaries of the 808 board seats of State corporations, a parliamentary report shows.

The Public Investments Committee (PIC) said the report paints a picture of skewed appointments to the various State corporation boards.

Abdulswamad Nassir, who chairs PIC, said Central region counties of Kiambu, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Nyandarua top the list with 157 board positions translating to 19 per cent of all slots.

Ten counties in the Rift Valley had 165 board seats, meaning the two regions account for 40 per cent of directors in State firms.

The two regions voted overwhelmingly for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition in the last year’s elections.

Mr Kenyatta has his roots in Central Kenya while Deputy President William Ruto comes from the Rift Valley.

The appointment of people from the Presidency’s region in government is historical and the 2010 Constitution sought to reverse this trend.

Historical trend

The Constitution introduced the ethnic representation requirement to check a historical trend where tribesmen of those in power were favoured during recruitment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that his government will stop the practice of distributing State jobs to political followers.

“The entire Coast region has 66 board positions or about 7.5 per cent of the board positions excluding ex-officio members,” Mr Nassir, who comes from the region which largely supported the Opposition, said.

The five counties in North and North Eastern Kenya have 47 board positions or six per cent. He said the three counties in Mt Kenya East region (Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu) have 78 board positions or 10 per cent of the vacancies, while Machakos, Kitui and Makueni in Lower Eastern region have 37 positions or five per cent.

The Western region consisting of Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga has 90 board positions while the Lake region has 82.

Kisii and Nyamira have 52 board positions.

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