Government Demands Kshs1.5 Million for Every Kenyan Hired in Saudi Arabia

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta with Saudi Arabia Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. Facebook
  • The government has directed recruitment agencies to pay Kshs1.5 million as a security deposit for every Kenyan citizen hired in Saudi Arabia.

    This was announced by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani who was speaking at the Ministry headquarters after signing a deal with top Saudi Arabia government officials.

    The decision is expected to guarantee the safety of Kenyans nationals working in the middle east country. 

    Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani

    He stated that all the agencies have already been vetted to safeguard Kenyan workers. 

    According to the CS, only 100 agencies made it through the vetting. 

    "We already have 20,000 people working in Saudi Arabia and believe more than 100,000 will be employed in a few years to come now that we guarantee safety," he announced. 

    Many stories have emerged about Kenyans being mistreated in Saudi Arabia. 

    Most of them who are hired as domestic workers narrated that their passports are often confiscated by their employers. 

    They also undergo physical abuse as well as mental anguish as they are usually unable to travel back home. 

    Their mistreatment abroad has also sparked protests calling for the government's intervention. 

    Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani