Hiring of parastatal chiefs favours Central Kenya, an audit by the Inspectorate of State Corporations shows. The region has the highest number of individuals heading parastatals at 157. This accounts for approximately 18 per cent of all board positions. "Lower Eastern region has the lowest percentage of board positions relative to their population size with four per cent board positions, versus a population size of approximately three million as per the last census,” the report says.
Kiambu, where President Uhuru Kenyatta comes from, has 51 positions. Murang’a and Kirinyaga have 23 and 16 positions, respectively. Nyandarua county has 11 positions, while Nyeri, the home of former President Mwai Kibaki, has 56 positions. Counties in Mt Kenya East – Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu – have 78 positions. Lower Eastern has only 37 board positions.
Meru county has 44 positions, Tharaka Nithi 123, while Embu has 22. The five counties of Northern and Northeastern Kenya have 47 board positions, accounting for five per cent.
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