Recruitment agencies must be vetted over overseas abuses

Labor CS Simon Chelugui, launches the Employer Skills and Occupation Survey on June 2, 2022 at the NSSF building in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

The government has formed a multi-agency team to put in place measures that will ensure that the rights of Kenyans working abroad are not violated.

Labor CS Simon Chelugui, in a statement, said: “To ensure the protection of any Kenyan wishing to travel and work abroad, the Ministry of Labor has formed a committee which will be responsible for monitoring recruitment agencies. These agencies will be checked each year before the renewal of their licenses. »

This comes after an outcry over the growing number of Kenyans being trapped and enslaved in some countries, particularly in the Middle East.

Some Kenyan migrant workers have died in unclear circumstances. Some of those lucky enough to escape death have ended up with mental illnesses from torture and other forms of abuse.

“As part of the agencies’ commitment, they are supposed to repatriate any worker they send overseas if the worker expresses an interest in returning. That is why they post a bond so that in case of breach of this covenant, the ministry can use the bond to bring back any Kenyan in distress,” Chelugui said.

The previous Parliament’s Labor Committee, in a report, blamed the plight of Kenyans working abroad on recruitment agencies.


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