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UAE recruitment agencies ask govt to lift ban

16 April 2015, 10:37 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Coastal recruitment agencies have accused unregistered agents of infiltrating their business illegally and causing distress to workers transported to United Arab Emirates countries to seek employment.

The recruitment agencies have however asked the government to come up with a proper policy to ensure rogue agents who have infiltrated their market are scrapped and legal action taken against them.

A number of agencies, who had converged at Tononoka hall during a labour task force meeting, asked the government to allow them to resume with recruitment which has stalled since the labour Ministry revoked their licenses months ago.

They lamented that Kenyans who had secured jobs in Middle East were languishing in poverty after their agents were banned by the government.

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“We need a flexible independent body to be able to address any form of distress. If the government established a proper policy with all agents, there would be no issues at all," said Ashinaz agencies CEO.

The government had said the recruitment agencies would be required to re-apply for their licenses and undergo vetting in order to weed out unscrupulous middlemen who left the Kenyans they sent to the Middle East to suffer.

This was after several cases of mistreatment of Kenyan workers particularly house helps in the Middle East were reported, attracting local and international outcry.

The agents, led by Kenya Association of Private Employment Agency secretary general Mohammed Ali, said the government should have vetted genuine agents instead of victimising all of them, saying they have incurred a lot of losses.

There are over 80 000 Kenyan workers in the Gulf region and the Middle East, according to the Labour Cabinet Secretary who said the number continues to increase.

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