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Youths lose KES 4M in fake UAE jobs

20 April 2015, 12:03 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Two recruitment agencies have allegedly swindled over 200 unsuspecting youth out of more than KES 4 000 000 after a job seeking mission in UAE failed.

Speaking to the press in Kizingo area, Yusuf Lule, the Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) Executive Director asked the government to expedite investigations into the scam allegedly carried out by Chandarua Recruiting agency and Azania Agency which are based in Nairobi.

Lule said several youths had been scammed between KES 20 000 and KES 100 000, stating that the two unscrupulous recruiting agencies had promised youths from Lamu, Tana River and Kwale jobs in Dubai, UAE and Qatar.

He revealed that Suleiman Mohammed Basheikh, the owner of Chandarua recruitment agency colluded with Azania Recruitment Limited to solicit payments from gullible youths.

A victim, Mohammed Omar said that he had been promised a security job in Qatar by Mohammed but the journey to Qatar was cut short after their recruiter disappeared with the money.

The story however took another twist after the chief perpetrator, Suleiman Mohammed allegedly died Saturday evening, leaving the job seekers stranded.

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“It is interesting that Suleiman died on the exact date the group had been promised to start their journey to their various destinations,” Lule said.

There are however claims from victims that Suleiman could be alive and hiding in Moshi, Tanga, Kisumu or Nairobi.

HURIA has also stated that they have written a letter to Coast General Hospital inquiring whether the suspected swindler has indeed died of poisoning.

“The police need to step in and investigate the case in a timely manner,” he said.

The HURIA official stated that the national government needs to step in and rein in these unscrupulous agencies that are running amok in Mombasa and swindling youths and their families out of their hard earned money.

He advised Kenyans to be cautious when dealing with recruitment agencies and report suspicious activities.

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