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Govt to revoke licenses of Arab recruiting agencies

28 September 2014, 06:56 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Labour Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi has said the government will revoke all licenses of recruiting companies that have been offering Kenyans jobs in the Arabian countries.

Kambi said the Ministry will revoke licenses of 930 recruiting agencies to enable them to apply afresh after being scrutinized and vetted as the government plans to roll out new regulations that will govern the recruitment agents.

Speaking to the press during the marking of the World Maritime Day at Mama Ngina drive in Mombasa, Kuzungu said the Labour Ministry will sit not on the fence and watch Kenyans humiliated and harassed in the Arab world.

“We will make sure that no Kenyan is killed, harassed or mistreated in the Arab world; we will close down all the recruiting agencies and solve the issues," said Kambi.

Kambi's sentiments come amid the ongoing complaints that Kenyans working in the Arab countries are exposed to poor working conditions and mistreatment.

The CS said his Ministry will also formulate new laws that will see Kenyans who qualify to work as captains employed to serve at the ships that dock in Kenya.

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He said they will table a Bill in Parliament that if passed will help Kenyans get employment in the oil and gas sector.

Kambi said the government is aware of the challenges facing shipping industry in Kenya and have put up the necessary measures to improve the shipping industry.

“Piracy has been a major hindrance to trade at the sea but after the international community and the Kenyan government moved to Somalia, piracy has been reduced,” he observed.

However, he faulted carbon emission by international shipping companies on the burning of heavy oil.

He said relevant measures need to be taken to ensure that such emissions are reduced.

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