• Last year, Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Alfred Mutua visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss the plight of Kenyan workers.
• Mutua said the Saudi government challenged Kenya to expose its citizens who were mistreating Kenyans.
The Kenya Kwanza government has unveiled emergency numbers for Kenyans living in Saudi Arabia, who feel mistreated.
Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua said the numbers 966 500 755 060 or 19911 (toll-free) are working 24-7.
"There are people manning the lines 24-7 and will respond. If they don't just write to me as the CS and I will fire them. Because as a government we want Kenyans to be supported," he said.
The CS spoke on Wednesday during an interview with Citizen TV.
He said he visited Saudi Arabia over the issue and held talks with the government, which challenged Kenya to reveal citizens who were mistreating people.
"We have had conversations with the Saudi government asking why their people are abusing our young men and women. They said we need to expose them and will get them arrested," Mutua said.
The CS however, said there are Kenyans in Saudi Arabia who are working under good conditions and making a lot of money.
"In Saudi I met Kenyans and some are working well. I met nurses, teachers and hotel managers," he said.
"Mostly, it's women who suffer and those who go for domestic work. I had private meetings with the women and they disclosed how they are suffering."
Last year, while responding to a question during his vetting for the CS position, Mutua promised to prioritise the safety of Kenyan workers in the gulf once sworn into office.
He later visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss the plight of Kenyan workers.
Center For Diaspora Affairs in a statement dated December 28, 2022 issued an ultimatum to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Kenya over a possible peaceful protest outside the embassy in Nairobi.
Early this month, Labour CS Florence Bore led a delegation to Riyadh Saudi Arabia on what has been termed as a fact finding mission.
Key on the agenda was looking into the issues and welfare of Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia during the five day-visit.
She was accompanied by the Labour and Skills Development PS Geoffrey Kaituko, the National Industrial Training Authority chairperson Kamau Gichigi, director general Steve Ogenga and acting director general National Employment Authority Edith Okoki.