By The Leagle Correspondents
Entrenched ethnicity in Kenya has been brought to obvious attention by a leak of the results of the interview for the vacant position of Vice Chancellor of Moi University. Ethnicity, defined as favouring and individual due to their tribe, is a national disaster in Kenya.
While any interviewing panel is permitted to use academic and behavioural biases to grade a candidate, ethnic orientation of the interviewee is hardly a point of consideration. It is a total disappointment when there are evident and manifest irrelevant considerations while appointing someone to hold such an important position as the VC of a University of international repute. The habit of canvassing has been frowned upon, but it has not stopped stakeholders from still considering anything other than suitability of a candidate.
In the said interview, it is strange that one candidate is awarded 91% by one panelist, 89% by two, 80% by one and 70% and 73%, yet another panelist decided to award 41%. This low-awarding panelist awards another candidate 99%, interestingly.
It can be remembered that this position attracted protestations in Eldoret, with the Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and several other local leaders insisting that this position must be reserved to the Kalenjin community because the University is in their region.
The leak has aroused intense public outrage, with many Kenyans on social media condemning this obvious and manifest demonstration of ethnicity, and asking for a repeat of the interview before an unbiased panel. Questions need to be asked how a candidate can be ranking well before other interviewers and then fail miserably before another, unless the panel was using different tools of interviewing.
Ethnicity has caused a major rift in the country, with most people feeling sidelined due to their ethnic orientation. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is definitely sleeping on its job, as such divisive tendencies actually disturb the cohesive attempts by the people of Kenya.
It remains to be seen if the results of this bogus interview will be considered by the Cabinet Secretary.