The government will move to court to stop Kiambu county from implementing “ethnic laws” that compel public and private institutions to source 70 per cent of its workforce from the dominant community.
Spokesman Eric Kiraithe on Thursday said public and private firms as well as businesses must comply with national values and principles.
The values are merit, high standards of professionalism and ethics, efficient, effective and economic use of resources, inclusiveness and equal opportunity of employment.
Kiraithe, during a press conference at KICC, said the only other consideration are for purposes of affirmative action, gender, people living with disability and minority groups.
“Ethnicity and county of origin must not be sold as a factor of entitling any person for special consideration but as a mere road which we must travel from individual identity to a cohesive and prosperous Kenya.”
“We want to state categorically that ethnicity is not a qualification for employment anywhere. Private entities and businesses are encouraged to employ qualified Kenyans with the professional competence to achieve their respective corporate intent,” Kiraithe said.