Employees from the Kikuyu community make up the majority workforce in parliament with 164 employees, followed by the Luhya at 126 and the Luo at 90, 82 Kalenjins, Kamba (81), Kisii (53), Somali (48), Meru (41), Masaai (28), Turkana (18), Samburu (15), Taita (15), Borani (10) and Mijikenda (10).
Members of parliament from the National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity have questioned why only employees from 25 community have been represented in the national assembly work force.
They also said that the youth aged between the age of 20 and 29 had also been neglected.
The committee chaired by nominated MP Maina Kamanda said National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity that the employees in parliament were supposed to reflect the face of Kenya but this was not the case.
“From your own submissions, only 25 communities are represented. I am wondering where the rest of the communities are, and what strategy you have put in place to ensure all counties are represented,” Ong’odo Were the MP for Kasipul posed.
The records revealed that only ten people living with disability were employed.
The senate clerk attributed the low numbers from other communities on the application process. He said that people living with disability barely applied for the jobs in parliament. H e said that they had employed mechanisms to improve the status in future.
Kamanda said that they would conduct a similar audit at a later date.