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Let the Government stop people from moving to Saudi Arabia because they are returning in coffins~Atwoli says


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The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, has demanded a ban on Kenyans being sent to work in Saudi Arabia by recruitment agencies.

Atwoli noted that bodies arrive from Middle East aboard the country’s planes landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) every morning.

The COTU boss further noted that it was better for a country to remain poor than subject its citizens to hardships and torture.

“The issue of people being sent to work outside, that is indirect slavery. You can see the government claim that we have received some money from abroad, but under what circumstances? 

“Every morning when at JKIA, there are coffins of Kenyans who have passed away, most coming from Middle East planes. They are young. We object strongly. It is better a country stays poor but protects the lives of its citizens. All countries worldwide prioritise the safety of their people,” he explained.

He noted that people were free to work where they like but governments should collaborate to ensure that safety of their citizens is guaranteed.

“If people want to work anywhere, let Kenyan government and that country’s government get into an agreement. Let us remove the middle people known as labour agencies.

“They are just perpetuating slavery and we cannot accept. They should also be paid well unlike the stories we hear from those coming out of Middle East,” he added.

Atwoli had earlier accused the Ministry of failing to protect Kenyans employed in Saudi Arabia.

He castigated the government for  remaining silent yet workers were being mishandled in Saudi Arabia.

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