Kenyan rapper, drummer and cultural entrepreneur Muthoni Drummer Queen (MDQ) has criticised foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau over his comments about Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia.
Addressing Members of Parliament during their induction, PS Macharia described Kenya’s diaspora experience as an “exciting and positive experience”, something he said should not be overlooked due to the few cases of misfortune among Kenyans abroad.
He alleged that cultural differences are the main cause of Kenyan workers being mistreated by their employers, particularly in Saudi Arabia, and claimed that the “ancient traditions” of the nation demand submission that is typically lacking in Kenyans.
His statement, however, did not go down well with a majority of the population and has seen people call out for his resignation. MDQ took to Twitter to air her frustrations. “What is the thing we need to do to get this dude fired? Nah fam, this one must GO like yesterday,” she posted.
The comments also got the attention of fiery lawyer Miguna Miguna, who said that it was “irresponsible” for the PS to claim that many Kenyans who are mistreated in Saudi Arabia were at fault.