A proposal made to ban Kenyans from travelling to Saudi Arabia

Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has pleaded with the MPs to impose a temporary ban on Kenyans travelling to Saudi Arabia as many people continue to lose their lives in the Gulf country.

Amb. Macharia Kamau, the Ministry's Principal Secretary, told the Labour and Social Welfare Parliamentary Committee on Thursday that 41 Kenyans have died in Saudi Arabia in 2021 alone, with 1025 more alleged to be in distress.

Out of the 41, 28 are domestic workers.

"It necessitates urgent and decisive action to prevent Kenyan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia from suffering further. It should not be perceived as tolerating such a high number of deaths and suffering among residents, the bulk of whom are young and vulnerable women,” Amb. Kamau stated.

Many Kenyans are suffering in the Middle East, according to the PS, and the ministry is only alerted of their condition when it is too late.

Amb. Kamau wants the prohibition to be put in place until proper security measures are established.

He stated that the ministry is willing to support measures aimed at ensuring the safety of Kenyans abroad.

However, he pointed out that it is simply responsible for providing consular services, but the Ministry of Labour is in charge of migratory labor and international employment policy.

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