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Saudi given 7-day ultimatum to release imprisoned, dead Kenyans

26 August 2015, 08:40 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Nominated Senator, Emma Mbura has given Saudi Arabia a seven day ultimatum to release young Kenyan girls suspected to be held in a Middle East prison and also to bring back bodies of Kenyans suspected to have died in Saudi Arabia.

Mbura said if the Saudi government does not respond to her demands, she will lobby Kenyans to push for the closure of the Saudi embassy in Kenya.

Speaking at Whitesand Hotel in Mombasa after meeting a family that is seeking government's support in tracing the body of their mother who is suspected to have died in Saudi in 2008, Senator Emma said Kenyans are being mistreated in Saudi yet the embassy in Kenya does not share information.

“Kenyans traveling to Saudi are not dogs and hens. The government should look into the situation and try to resolve the issue once and for all,” said Mbura.

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The Senator revealed that there are close to 50 000 Kenyans suffering in the Middle East and that she receives at least 30 cases every day.

She said through the ministry of foreign affairs, 24 girls were brought home Sunday from for the Middle East while 22 others were expected to jet in Tuesday.

Mbura said she has written a letter to the foreign affairs ministry about a young woman named Martha Ngaguthi who is admitted in hospital in the Middle East with a broken skull.

"We want the Kenyan government to intervene and bring back the girl to receive treatment,” said Mbura.

She urged Kenyan youth to shun travelling to Saudi to seek job opportunities.

“I urge young Kenyans to hustle in Kenya and use the uwezo funds to start small businesses,” said Mbura.

The family of Mwanamize Mwitani is seeking government's intervention to help recover the body of their mother whom they suspect died in the Middle East.

Ali Matano, son to the deceased,  said they had received a call from Saudi that their mother had died.

“My step-father informed us that he received the call about our mother's death but our efforts to follow up the matter did not bear any fruit,” said Matano.

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