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Wetang’ula speaks against negative ethnicity in Jubilee

30 March 2015, 13:19 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – CORD co-principal and Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula has accused the Jubilee Government of propagating ethnic inequality in public appointments contrary to what the Constitution requires.

Wetang’ula said although President Uhuru Kenyatta directed public officers implicated in corruption to step aside to allow for investigations, still there is regional imbalances in appointments by Kenyatta’s administration.

“President Kenyatta’s government has reduced the country to ethnic enclave in public appointments. You don’t need rocket science to see this ethnicity,” said Wetang’ula.

The Bungoma Senator claimed only two communities especially from Jubilee’s top leadership are benefiting from public appointments and warned that the vice disunites and creates ethnic conflicts among citizens.

Wetang’ula wondered why Kenyatta did not touch on the ever rising land grabbing problem in the country during his last week’s State of the Nation address in a joint Parliamentary sitting of the National Assembly and Senate.

“The President is unaware of land grabbers and chicken eaters mentioned in the corruption report. We expect Kenyatta’s EACC list to catch both small and big fish,” insisted Wetang’ula.

Also read: Kibaki speaks against negative ethnicity

He added that corruption is particularly high in the National Police Service due to inadequate funding by the government to ensure the police are well-paid and have enough security facilities such as patrol vehicles among others.

Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa concurred with Wetang’ula on looming ethnic inequality in public appointments and challenged the Jubilee Government to embrace the laid down constitutional provisions of ethnic inclusivity in sharing the national cake.

“Action has to be taken to ensure there is inclusivity in employment particularly appointments to parastatals and various government organs. This has to be implemented as required by the new Constitution to foster national unity,” said Wamalwa.

The legislators were responding to Kenyatta’s commitment in the fight against corruption in his government following much criticism from the opposition, church leaders, human rights groups and the international core.

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