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At least 80 Kenyans are stranded in Qatar after falling out with their employer

The Doha-based company is said to be withholding their four-month salaries.

The company, Doha-based United Cleaning Management Company, is also said to be withholding their four-month salaries.

“Salary was our biggest issue. We were not being paid on time and sometimes we could work for four months without pay so we decided to boycott duty in 2017,” Business Daily quoted one of them as saying.

He said that despite going to court upon termination of their contracts, language barrier has made it difficult to follow the case “because everything is done in Arabic which we do not understand.”

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Some of the stranded Kenyans have been living in Qatar for close to five years.

Recruitment agencies

“We have been living on the streets and depending on left overs and food from garbage dumps. But luckily this year Qatar Red Crescent heard our pleas and started providing us with free food.”'

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), led by organising secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, condemned the incident and asked MPs to enact laws that will protect Kenyans working in foreign countries.

Hundreds of Kenyans, most of them recruited by Mombasa-based travel agencies, are said to be employed in the Middle East.

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Kenya signed bilateral labour agreements with Qatar and Saudi Arabia in November, pledging the security of Kenyan migrant workers in the two states, and issued licences to 29 recruitment agencies in Kenya.

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