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Saudi Arabia isn’t a paradise, says envoy

22 October 2015, 10:32 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Kenya's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Mohamud has asked Kenyans seeking jobs in the Middle East to be more cautious, saying they risk being mistreated.

The envoy who was responding to claims of torture by Kenyan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia said as much as the government cares for its people in the country, their safety is not guaranteed.

“Saudi Arabia is not a paradise and we cannot guarantee every Kenyan travelling to the country that he or she will not be mistreated,” Mohamud said.

He said they had received cases of some Kenyans being mistreated in the country, but said the incidents remained isolated and blamed the Kenyan media for 'blowing them out of proportion.'

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“Yes such cases are there, but are minimal. The Kenyan media has concentrated so much on showing bad things happing to Kenyans in Saudi Arabia, and not reflecting on the other side.

“There are more than 50 000 Kenyans working and living happily in Saudi Arabia, so the media should also try and get their side of the story,” Mohamud said.

He said all workers in the Middle East nation will no longer be mistreated following the passage of new rules that guarantees them of their rights as employees.

“The mistreatment of Kenyans is totally unacceptable and that is why new labour rules have been put in place to ensure that the rights of employees are guaranteed,” Mohamud said.

The Kenyan government suspended the recruitment of domestic workers to the Middle East in the wake of numerous reports of mistreatment by their employers.

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