Only 151 of us in Baringo pay­roll, say Illchamus

County dis­crim­i­nates against us and we also have few elected lead­ers, they say

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

The Illchamus com­mu­nity has sued the Baringo gov­ern­ment for al­leged dis­crim­i­na­tion in job ap­point­ments.

“We feel the com­mu­nity is be­ing mis­treated, yet the law, es­pe­cially the NCIC Act, is very clear on the mat­ter of em­ploy­ment in coun­ties,” hu­man rights ac­tivist Amos Olem­paka said.

The com­mu­nity is clas­si­fied as a minority group and has a pop­u­la­tion of less than 40,000 peo­ple.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives say the Baringo Pub­lic Ser­vice Board and the county gov­ern­ment marginalises them.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives are Jones Ki­rati, Kanya­man Tikoyan, Lewuam­ban Le­kichep, Olem­paka, Ran­gal Le­meigu­ran and Roisan Le­saningo.

The Illchamus want the Baringo gov­ern­ment’s em­ploy­ment records au­dited to de­ter­mine how jobs are dis­trib­uted among tribes in the county.

They say the county has more than 4,085 work­ers from the ma­jor­ity Tu­gen, mak­ing up 83 per cent of the work­force. The Pokot have 221 em­ploy- ees, while the Illchamus only ac­count for 151 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing ECDE teach­ers, the com­mu­nity says.

The Tu­gen also hold al­most all elec­tive posts in Baringo, Olem­paka said.

“Un­der the NCIC Act, the county is not sup­posed to hire more than 30 per cent of its work­force from one tribe. Look­ing at the num­bers we have, it is point­less to have other com­mu­ni­ties in Baringo,” he said.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives ar­gue that in 2015 the county PSB ad­ver­tised sev­eral va­can­cies for mem­bers of the Illchamus com­mu­nity. But af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed, no one was hired, the com­mu­nity says.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives ac­cused Baringo of vi­o­lat­ing the County Gov­ern­ment Act, 2012.

The Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion in its re­cent re­port in­di­cated that Baringo is among coun­ties with the ma­jor­ity of their em­ploy­ees from one eth­nic group, they said.

Olem­paka said the Ilchamus will fight to get their right­ful share of jobs.

Baringo Gov­er­nor Ben­jamin Che­boi and the county sec­re­tary are ex­pected to re­spond to the suit and ex­plain the hir­ing process.

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