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Kenya ethnic bastions on campus exposed

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  1. Kabaridi

    Kabaridi JF-Expert Member

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    By OLIVER MATHENGE omathenge@ke.nationmedia.com
    Posted Tuesday, March 6 2012 at 22:30


    Public universities in Kenya have become ethnic bastions, reveals a report by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission presented to Parliament on Tuesday.

    The Big Five ethnic groups in Kenya dominate the work forces of the centres of higher education, the report shows.

    Although the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Luo and Kamba, make up 66 per cent of the country's population, they take up 93 per cent of the jobs at Masinde Muliro University, 89.8 per cent at Moi University, 87.3 per cent at Egerton University, 86 per cent at Jomo Kenyatta University, 82.3 per cent at the University of Nairobi and 81.7 per cent at Kenyatta University.


    Out of 15 institutions surveyed, 10 had the majority of their staff coming from the same ethnic community as the vice-chancellor or principal.



    The report does not cover Maseno University, where the vice-chancellor requested more time to provide the data since he had just assumed his appointment.

    While presenting the report to the MPs, NCIC chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia said the audit would be used, alongside that of the civil service and that of parastatals (to be released next week), to develop a policy on inclusive employment in the country.



    "Ethnic diversity is a resource that has been mismanaged in the past and must be resolved now to enable greater cohesion in the country," Dr Kibunjia said.

    The Committee on Equal Opportunities chairman Mohammed Affey said the report was important and would be used to shape various policies and laws in the country that ensure that all Kenyans are included in all public affairs.

    "This should be the first step to ensure that we stop universities from being incubators of entrenching tribalism," Mr Affey said.





    He added that there could be a need to reshuffle vice-chancellors to ensure that they do not come from the same areas that the universities are located.


    At Kenyatta University, headed by Prof Olive Mugenda and the University of Nairobi, whose VC is Prof George Magoha, Kikuyu employees take up 38 per cent.



    The Kikuyu also occupy 49.7 per cent of the workforce at Jomo Kenyatta University where Prof Mabel Imbuga is the VC, having taken over from Prof Nick Wanjohi nearly three years ago.

    The Kalenjin make up 55 per cent of the workforce at Moi University, where Prof Richard Mibey is the VC while the Luhya occupy 68.9 per cent at Masinde Muliro University headed by Prof Wangila Barasa.



    The report shows that of the 14,996 employees in six public universities and nine constituent colleges, 4,133 are from the Kikuyu community, 2,544 are Luhya, 2,133 are Kalenjin, 2,086 are Luo while 1,041 are Kamba.

    Though not ranked as among the big tribes, the Kisii take up 1,253 jobs in the institutions of higher learning.
     
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    they are doing what Nyerere did in 1960s. The land of the aggressive, keep it up! don't give a s.hit about nyaus!
     
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    Indeed I am happy that kenya, as many as those who love us, will say it is slowly gaining its head and improving its co-existence at a local level among tribes. We have a long way to go and this vice will not end overnight as this research agency is trying to put it. We have been accused of tribalism from many quarters, but as my predictions have proven to be factual, our universities and institutions of higher learning are still in a mess.

    There is a great connection between tribalism, politics, and institutions of higher learning. University polls have the similitude of political campaigns. There is currently a youth parliament in kenya, and as one would fear, such an organ would degenarate into breeding ground for tribalistic concepts of leadership. So how are we supposed to to fight this vice and yet such organs exists. Unless the people in this groups agree to completely change their concepts of leadeship and politics.
     
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    do you love others afterall?
     
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    We have love and we do love others but, we are totally misconstrued to be arrogance or hypocracy
     
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