Manama: Kenya has unexpectedly announced a decision to freeze the recruitment of its workers to the Middle East, Saudi and Kenyan media have reported.
Citing numerous mistreatment claims, the Kenyan labour ministry has also suspended the operations of all the recruitment agencies in the country and stopped their operations with immediate effect, KBC broadcaster reported.
Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi said most of the 930 companies have continued to mislead job seekers, prompting the government to take measures to streamline the industry.
The decision to freeze the recruitment and suspend the licences was taken in the wake of reports of maltreatment of Kenyan domestic workers in Middle East countries.
The companies are responsible for exporting more than 80,000 Kenyans to the Middle East and Kambi said “the suffering of Kenyans living and working in the Middle East must come to an end.”