Dec 9, 2021

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Gulf of ‘Eden’: Kenyans in the Middle East sent home Sh120bn last year

While the CS responded to calls for tighter restrictions, it said the government would not ban the export of labor to the Gulf even if Kenyans continued to languish under cruel employers.

Due to the socio-economic benefits, Mr Chelugui said the ministry will not suspend domestic worker migration and will continue to negotiate more opportunities for Kenyans in other countries.

” We need to be aware and aware of the ramifications of impulsive or unpredictable decisions to ban jobs in the Middle East. This is the third time that such a proposal has been made, but we will not have solved this problem, “he said.

” As a country, you are making such an announcement immediately that we are able, Kenyans will look for jobs in the Arab countries in other ways, “he added.

Committee of the Labor Administration Center (ARLAC) in Mombasa.

Challenges addressed

“Kenyan workers used to have a tough time in seven Middle Eastern countries. But we met the challenges of our employees through bilateral and diplomatic channels. I condemn anyone who harasses, assaults, or denies workers their rightful wages or rights. We take this seriously, “said the CS.

Hundreds of Kenyans working in the Middle East have shared their experiences with cruel employers.

“You benefit from our services and we deserve fair treatment for our migrant workers. We have lost lives, but we are not sitting apart and far away. We have made communications. I have spoken with ambassadors and heads of state and Heads of government of those countries that deal with domestic, immigration and labor issues, “said Chelugui.

” I will focus on protecting our people. There are so many socio-economic benefits we are getting from this migration, but our focus is on security. “

Open offices

The ministry has opened offices in countries where Kenyans were either frustrated or their travel documents were confiscated by employers.

” We only get such challenges from Saudi Arabia. Arabia, but we are working on it, ”said the CS.

On December 19, Mr. Chelugui will invite a delegation from the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Affairs to hold bilateral talks with Saudi Arabian government officials Solving challenges.

“We will deal with the mistreatment of our people, because according to the statistics available to us, around three to four percent of Kenyans work in these countries are affected . Over 104,000 Kenyans work in these countries that make their job happy, “said the CS.

” The government takes the challenge of youth unemployment seriously. The Home Office is digitizing files and fingerprints so that by entering your details into a computer, whether you are in Mombasa or Nairobi, the Criminal Investigation Department can keep your records and issue you with a clearance certificate in good time, ”he added.

< p class = "align - justify"> The head of the Central Trade Union Organization (Cotu), Francis Atwoli, called on the government to ban the export of workers to the Middle East.

” Employment in the Middle East is indirect slavery; the state announces how they received remittances, but at what cost and in what environment do our people work? We receive bodies of Middle Eastern Kenyans almost every day. We have to get ours Protect the people, ”he said.

Eradicate employment agencies

He urged the government to weed employment agencies, the ones looking for jobs in the Gulf region seek and delegate these functions to state-owned companies.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chelugui said that they have hired their Chinese colleagues to resolve challenges such as human rights abuses faced by Kenyan crew members who work on fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean.

Kenya has licensed seven Chinese fishing companies to operate in its exclusive economic zone.

” The Chinese ships are an issue that has just come up and I believe in the motivation, welfare and safety of workers. I oversee the migration of Kenyan workers so I will focus on protecting them, “said Chelugui.

Kenyan registered seafarers working on these ships recently raised concerns about torture and Abuse, including being forced to do illegal business in the sea.

Most of them admitted that if they were recruited, they were threatened with being thrown into the sea do not cooperate with a reputable mediation agent.