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It is not pos­si­ble to have eth­nic bal­ance when re­cruit­ing as di­rected by the NCIC, the In­sti­tute of Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment has said.

The in­sti­tute said em­ploy­ers are more in­ter­ested in qual­i­fi­ca­tions, rather than eth­nic bal­ance as de­manded by the Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion.

This emerged dur­ing the first day of the 20th IHRM na­tional con­fer­ence in Naivasha. About 1,000 hu­man re­source prac­ti­tion­ers are at­tend­ing the event.

Ad­dress­ing the press on the side­lines of the con­fer­ence, na­tional chair­man Eli­jah Sitimah said try­ing to bal­ance the work­force based on eth­nic­ity is il­le­gal.

“It would be il­le­gal, dis­hon­est and a lack of in­tegrity for em­ploy­ers to fo­cus on eth­nic bal­anc­ing,” he said.

Sitimah said the IHRM is ready to en­gage the NCIC to strike a bal­ance. He said the in­sti­tute has sought the help of the Sen­ate on hir­ing by the county ser­vice boards.

“We want the law amended so there can be a qual­i­fied hu­man re­source pro­fes­sional in all the county pub­lic ser­vice boards,” he said.

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