By John Kariuki
Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs Dr. Alfred Mutua has embarked on trying to find a solution for Kenyan migrant workers in Gulf Countries.
In a meeting with representatives of recruitment agencies, Dr Mutua observed
“I have today held a meeting with representatives of employment agents who recruit Kenyans for jobs in Saudi Arabia and other regions. The meeting was informative with complex mind boggling revelations and a deep cry for help in many instances.
My mission was to understand the issues so that as a Government we can ensure that Kenyans in the Diaspora are safe and sound. The information gathered paints a different story from the blame-game trending in the media channels. We want to move to a point where we get to the root cause of the challenges that Kenyans face while working with governments and states that are offering opportunities for our people. The reality is that something is very wrong.
I will be travelling to Saudi Arabia this week to meet the authorities and Kenyan Diaspora with a view to gathering more information that will enable me institute long lasting solutions on the challenges faced by Kenyan workers.
As a Government we will do everything possible to get to the bottom of this matter. We must keep our citizens working outside the country safe and sound. The Government will also facilitate the recruitment agencies to be able to conduct their business successfully for the benefit of Kenyans.”