Drama as job seekers set to travel to Saudi get duped

178 ladies aged between 21-35 years, who were set to travel to Saudi Arabia for work, stormed Kitengela Police Station lamenting of being duped by their agents.

The ladies claimed they were dumped in a thicket in the outskirts of Kitengela town after staying at Manpower Training Institution for training in preparation for Saudi Arabia.

 Naomi Kemunto, from Kisii County, said after the lapse of the three weeks, they were urged to stay put as they wait for examinations.

“We feel we are being taken for a ride. We have been waiting for examinations which are not being availed. When we asked for directions from the management, we were dismissed and told to leave. It is sad that some of us don’t even know where we are. We just saw this police station and decided to seek help here,” Kemunto said.

Josephine Nyaguchi said after being told to leave, they asked for their documents which they were denied.

“We were evicted forcefully,” she said.

The troubled ladies said they were promised free air tickets and well-paying jobs in Saudi Arabia. They revealed that they accepted the offer due to the economic constraints they have been facing.

During their stay at the institution, they have been surviving on black tea in the morning and one meal of cabbage and ugali or githeri served in small portions.

Kitengela Commanding Station Officer David Ole Shani directed the ladies to Athi River police station since the training institution they were in falls under the Machakos jurisdiction.

When reached for a comment, the institution’s Principal Getri Mulama dismissed claims that the training was extended as a result of delay in processing assessment tests.

He argued that the ladies ran out of patience and demanded to go home and that he has forwarded their concerns to the director of the institution.

By Vostine Ratemo

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