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Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua visits Saudi Arabia over the plight of migrant workers from Kenya

By HARRIET MUGO

Foreign Affairs CS Dr Alfred Mutua is in Saudi Arabia to tackle the plight of migrant workers where many have been tortured to death.

He will meet with the Saudi Arabian authorities and the Kenya diaspora to gather more information about the challenges faced by Kenyan workers in the Gulf state.

His visit comes  after news last month that 85 Kenyan women working abroad – mostly in Saudi Arabia had died in the previous three months under unclear circumstances.

Another 1,000 Kenyan women had been repatriated with some arriving back home in wheel chairs and big psychological trauma.

Mutua’s travels come on the back of a meeting held on Monday with representatives of employment agents who recruit Kenyans for jobs in Saudi Arabia and other regions.

In 2021 Kenya’s foreign ministry said 89 Kenyans, most of them domestic workers, had died in Saudi Arabia in the previous two years.

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