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Government should protect Kenyans working in foreign countries: Atwoli – KBC

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The General Secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions (COTU) Francis Atwoli is calling on the government to immediately suspend the activities of these corrupt employment agencies to enable Kenyans to travel to Saudi Arabia.

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He called on the Ministries of Home Affairs and National Government Coordination, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to crack down on employment agencies and revoke the licenses of those who do not meet the minimum qualifications.

In a statement on Monday, Atwoli said COTU (K) has been opposed to having employment agencies that often do not meet the minimum requirements of the employment agency as well as those that are well-known for collaborating with senior government officials to have a work paper done and also registered without compliance proper procedure.

“That many innocent Kenyans have been tortured to death while others have been held captive as living standards while in a foreign country is unknown. Famous for these practices are the countries of the Middle East and especially Saudi Arabia. “He said.

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Atwoli said it was a well-established fact that some officials in the authorities were known for bribery and bribery to facilitate the transportation of innocent Kenyans to a foreign country for torture in the name of employment.

“Reading stories, watching news and looking at pictures of how innocent Kenyans are suffering in a foreign country in the name of finding greener pastures is heartbreaking. It is not only painful for the brotherhood of the Workers’ Party in the country when the boys and young girls return to the coffins but I believe it is equally sad for any Kenyan who loves his country and its people. ”He added

To resolve the issue, Atwoli says the government should initiate bilateral talks with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to sign an agreement on the rights of Kenyans working within Saudi Arabia; Send more Employee attachments to Middle Eastern countries, where most Kenyans are, to help protect the rights of Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia and come up with policies that will create jobs for young people to avoid going to poor foreign countries in search of work.

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