'Home of champions now home of cartels'

"We are wondering why President Ruto is silent when we are suffering. Chepchirchir has become untouchable, and we have no one to turn to. Our county has become a den of cartels, yet our leaders have remained mum," said Leah Ng'etich.

Ng'etich is one of the affected parents said to have paid Sh100,000 to the agency.

The youths who were accompanied by their parents, took their protests to the National Employment Authority (NEA) office in Eldoret, but they were locked out.

The youths questioned how the agency was in operation despite not being registered by NEA.

Sammy Waweru, who sold his motorbike to raise the money required to travel to work in Qatar, said that the agency was operating with impunity.

"After recording hundreds of statements with investigative authorities and even after NEA admitted that First Choice agency is not registered, we are shocked that the same company is still in operation. We are asking the Inspector General of Police to tell us why we have been denied justice, despite recording statements. Why has Chepchirchir not been arrested?" posed Waweru.

He added: "We ask the president not to watch the lives and future of more than 8,000 youths and their families being sacrificed because of the greed and selfishness of one individual."

Nancy Mibey claimed that in 2017, she had paid Sh800,000 to an agency that Chepchirchir worked for.

Kimutai Kirui, an activist, called for the resignation of Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore for not standing with the victims.