Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged the government to ban all employment agencies brokering job opportunities in foreign countries.
On Sunday, October 9, the COTU boss held a press briefing at his residence in Kajiado. He mentioned that the lady had left her home, her husband, and her baby who was only two months old in order to seek out better opportunities.
The gulf boss assigned the Kenyan woman the responsibility of breastfeeding his puppies after learning that she is a new mother and is capable of doing so.
“This is indirect slavery,” termed Atwoli as he urged the Ruto-led administration to act on the dire situation.
“I want to appeal to the administration to go the way the first government under former president Mwai Kibaki did. He banned all employment agencies in Kenya.”
“Let this issue of our people, migrant workers be a government-to-government negotiation on terms and conditions of service be it Qatar or anywhere in the gulf so that our people can do decent jobs,” Atwoli insisted.
The COTU boss went on to say that such heinous acts reflected poorly on Kenyans looking for work in the Gulf countries.
“It denies the dignity of our own people. It denies respect for our people. It denies us our own citizenship as Kenyans,
In addition, Atwoli issued a caution to all Kenyans who are looking for opportunities in the gulf, advising them to be watchful and to avoid falling for every scheme.
“Let us remain here as we are. We have a new government that is struggling to refurbish our economy. The economy will grow under this government you’re better off earning ten thousand shillings and remain in this country.”
“The jobs outside there are demeaning. They are jobs that are not respectful. They are jobs that are not decent as advocated for by the International Labour Organization. They are jobs that we cannot accept as Kenyas; people that are free and independent in our own country,” Atwoli noted.
The horrifying conditions that many Kenyans who are currently working in the gulf countries are subjected to were depicted in the video that went viral.
A section of the workers have managed to share their grievances and subsequently they were rescued such as 24-year-old student, Diana Chepkemoi’s case.