Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Alfred Mutua revealed how Kenyans are using illegal means to eke out a living in the Middle East.
While appearing Citizen TV's JKLive on Wednesday, January 18, Dr Mutua revealed that a section of Kenyans in the Gulf countries was selling illicit brew.
Mutua regretted that this act was putting every other Kenyan working in the Middle East at risk.
“As a government, we are doing everything possible to take care of Kenyans working in Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries.
“The problem is that some Kenyans engage in illegal and criminal activities when they go there,” a concerned Mutua revealed to the nation.
Mutua advised that it is paramount for Kenyans to respect the cultures of other different nations.
“How can you open alcohol dens in a country where consumption of any alcoholic drink is prohibited?” Mutua posed.
The CS revealed that those actions were not only harming individuals involved but the entire country.
“Apart from them getting deported, these illegal activities affect our country in general.
“It leads to weakening of the Kenyan passport and crippling of the government’s efforts in dealing with issues of welfare for its citizens abroad,” Mutua explained.
Mutua though commended the majority of Kenyans in the Gulf adding that they were creative.
“We have very creative Kenyans and we urge them to use their ingenuity when they travel abroad to start legal business activities,” Mutua advised.
In September 2022, then then Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (PS) Ambassador Kamau Macharia claimed that some Kenyan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia were not submissive, leading to their mistreatment.
The government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry has urged Kenyans being mistreated in the Middle East to call +966 500 755 060 or toll-free number 19911.
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