Get to the bottom of Kenyan workers’ woes in Gulf States
SEE ALSO :Wanjigi wants ‘Nation’ to pay him Sh100mAccording to IOM, job seekers from the region are trafficked either to or through Kenya from neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Counties worst hit by this migration are Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale. We urge the government to address these abuses once and for all. It leaves a lot to be desired when Kenyans suffer abroad and authorities don’t act. Some of the worst abuses take place in countries where we have diplomatic missions. When the government declared a blanket ban on employment agencies that hired and placed domestic workers in 2012, there was hope that every sticky issue would be addressed. It was never to be. In May 2018, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi led a delegation of MPs on a fact-finding trip to Saudi Arabia to look into the issues but nothing tangible came out of the trip. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monicah Juma and her Labour and Social Protection colleague Ukur Yattani should engage foreign host nations to ensure migrant workers’ rights are protected. If there are existing bilateral agreements with any countries where Kenyans work, let them be made public to enhance understanding.