, KISUMU, Kenya Oct 9 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo is proposing the need for the formation of a common public service board for all public universities.
Kaparo says once formed, the board will be tasked with the responsibility of recruiting employees of all public universities across the country.
He points out that this is one way of ensuring that people from different ethnic backgrounds get to work in public universities away from their own communities.
Kaparo also accused public universities of laxity and failing to perform their role but instead concentrated on promoting ethnicity despite being national institutions.
The sentiments come at a time when a section of leaders from Rift Valley are demanding the appointment of Isaac Kosgey to replace Professor Richard Mibey who retired last month.
Led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, the leaders have vowed to oppose the appointment of Professor Laban Ayiro who was named in an acting capacity by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
They claim that Kosgey had emerged top in interviews conducted during the recruitment process, although its results are yet to be made public.
Kaparo is warning that if the current ethnicity trend continues, “universities will stop being institutions where people can acquire knowledge.”
The NCIC Chairman said that the commission is not asking for the sacking of already employed staff but to consider including people from other ethnic groups not reflected in their composition whenever there is a vacancy.
“By and large universities are run by people from where the universities are situated; you will find the leadership will be from that area and the bulk of employees are from that area. All we are demanding is that as new vacancies arise, you must fill those vacancies while complying with the law,” he stated.
Kaparo was speaking at Mirando Secondary School in West Uyoma, Rarieda constituency during a fund drive, where he also suggested that an inter-county public service board be put in place to help curb cases of ethnicity within the counties.
He revealed that already the commission had conducted audits in Universities, County Governments, Parastatals and Commissions but is yet to conduct similar audits in the Central Government.