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Ministry Bans recruitment and export of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia

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Ministry Bans recruitment and export of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia

Ministry Bans recruitment and export of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recommended a temporary ban of recruitment and export of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia until adequate protection measures are put in place.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau told MPs that it had written to the Labour Ministry in July to impose a temporary blockade.

“As additional measures to protect the rights and welfare of migrant workers are put in place, the ministry recommends for temporary ban of recruitment and export of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia,” Mr Kamau said.

Mr Kamau added that Kenyans should not be seen to be condoning such high number of deaths and distress to its citizens, majority of whom are young and vulnerable women.”

He said the Labour Ministry and the National Employment Authority have mandate to ensure protection of Kenyan workers abroad.

The ministry only learns about the plight of Kenyan migrant workers when they die or in distress abroad

he told the team chaired Kabinga Wachira.

Mr Kamau added that Kenyans should not be seen to be condoning such high number of deaths and distress to its citizens, majority of whom are young and vulnerable women.”

He said the Labour Ministry and the National Employment Authority have mandate to ensure protection of Kenyan workers abroad.

The National Assembly’s Labour committee that the Foreign Ministry plays no role in labour migration and foreign employment of Kenyans.