MP Mizighi Elected To Lead The Diaspora Affairs And Migrant Workers Committee

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The newly constituted Diaspora Affairs and Migrant Workers Committee of Kenya’s National Assembly has pledged to institute critical reforms in exporting labour to stop the alleged mistreatment of some Kenyans abroad.

In its inaugural sitting on Thursday, November 3, 2022, the committee resolved to create a consultative platform with Kenyans working abroad and stakeholders in the immigration sector to formulate the necessary policy directions.

During the sitting, the committee unanimously elected Woman Representative Lydia Haika Mnene Mizighi as chairperson and Member of Parliament Simon King’ara as Vice-Chair.

“Each of us had the capacity to chair this committee and lead us in undertaking the mighty task ahead, and I am greatly honoured that you have picked me as your chair,” said Mizighi.

On his part, King’ara said the committee had a great capacity to incorporate the input of not just the members but also key stakeholders to deliver on its main duty of restoration of humanity in the Diaspora workforce sector.

“This is why I also challenge us to work closely with other line committees to deliver on our mandate. There are massive expectations on us,” said King’ara

Other members who spoke said the committee’s establishment had been long overdue, given the outcry of Kenyans about the plight of hundreds of citizens working in the Diaspora. They said the committee had great potential for growing diaspora remittances into the country.

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