- On Sunday, October 9, Atwoli called a presser in which he regretted that a Kenyan woman had been forced to nurse dogs by her Saudi employee.
- As a result, Atwoli angrily urged the government to ban all employment agencies brokering job offers in foreign countries.
- However, an employment agency said the video in question was taken from an adult video website and edited.
An employment agency challenges the general secretary of the Central Trade Unions (COTU) Francois Atwoli for sharing a ‘fake’ video claiming to be a suffering Kenyan in Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday, October 9, Atwoli called a presser in which he regretted that a Kenyan woman had been forced to nurse dogs by her Saudi employee.
In the now-classified fake viral video, the lady has her head in tears, pleading with Kenyans to help her get home. Several puppies are seen nursing her breasts.
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Weighing in on the video, an angry Atwoli urged the government to ban all employment agencies that negotiate job offers in foreign countries, claiming they promote modern slavery.
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The video is edited
Talk to TUKO.co.kethe employment agency owner who requested anonymity called the video “malicious lies” aimed at tarnishing the image of companies exporting labor to Middle Eastern countries.
The agency’s owner said the video in question was taken from an adult video website and edited with the voice of an alleged Kenyan suffering in Saudi Arabia.
“The video was taken from a porn site. It appeared about two years ago. It’s just someone trying to fight our employment agencies for their personal selfish interests,” she said. .
The lady further insisted that it is impossible for anyone to nurse dogs in Saudi Arabia as some of its nationals do not keep them.
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According Animals in Islam, dogs have been considered unclean, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. However, it is not forbidden to own a dog, although it is unhygienic to keep a dog at home.
Not wise to ban agencies
The lady further rejected Atwoli’s proposal to ban the aforementioned placement agencies, saying they had helped thousands of Kenyans to get jobs in foreign countries.
“Ban agencies and then what? What about the thousands of unemployed Kenyans who are looking for jobs. For example, many Kenyans are currently traveling to Qatar due to the upcoming World Cup,” he said. she adds.
The owner added that Kenyans benefit a lot from the labor exported to Saudi Arabia, saying that last year they handed over around KSh3.4 billion.
Instead of banning the agencies, the lady proposed that the industry should simply be streamlined where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Labor is embedded.
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She also proposed that the government sign a memorandum of understanding and lock down any bogus agency that claims to export labor, for example to Iraq, which is not allowed.
“You can’t lock everyone out because of one or two cases, with enough government support we can do better,” the lady added.
A few months ago, a family in Malindi was bereaved after their 22-year-old relative died in mysterious circumstances in Saudi Arabia.
Celine Kanzu is believed to have died in the Middle Eastern country just days after sending upsetting videos and sounds to her family from a hospital.
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