A report released by the government of Kenyans on Tuesday indicates that 93 Kenyans have died in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates since 2019.
Kenya’s Ministry of Labour said the 93 are part of 87,784 migrant workers working in the Middle East Countries.
Appearing before the National Assembly’s Labour and Social Welfare Committee, Labour Principal Secretary Peter Tum said Covid-19 and cardiac arrest are the leading cause of such deaths.
Other cases are cancer, childbirth, respiratory complications, tuberculosis and meningitis.
Mr Tum added that some died as a result of accidents and suicides.
Nevertheless, the lawmakers rejected the causes of deaths, saying several Kenyans are murdered. Nominated MP Godfrey Otsotsi also dismissed the numbers claiming the numbers could be higher than what is stated.
Osotsi also slammed recruiting agencies for being accomplices in the deaths of the Kenyans. He blamed the agencies for doing little to Kenyans going through torture and miseries when they call for help.
Tum assured the lawmakers that the ministry is in the process of partnering with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to continuous and rigorous monitoring of the private employment agencies in Kenya.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.