Malawi govt warns job recruitment agencies over Kuwait labour export: ‘We will prosecute you!’

Malawi Government has come out punchy, warning job recruiting agencies that they risk prosecution should employers face problems in countries where they have been sent.

Kabambe: Stern warning

Kabambe: Stern warning

Principal Secretary for Labour Patrick Kabambe’s warning comes in the wake of reports that 12 more girls are stuck in Kuwait where they were sent by a local recruiting agency but discovered that the working conditions were extremely poor and were not given jobs they were offered in Malawi.

“We will charge all recruiting agencies which do not comply with our labour rules and regulations with human trafficking related offences,” said Kabambe.

He said it was the responsibility of the recruiting agencies to ensure there are written working conditions for prospective employees and that they are offered the very same job they applied in Malawi.

Kabambe said before sending prospective employees abroad, the government through the ministry of Labour must be informed so that it can scrutinise all the paper work and link up with the prospective employer to avoid problems.

The government has spent huge sums of money in the recent past to repatriate some Malawians who were dumped in Arab countries including Kuwait after being promised lucrative jobs.

Some girls are forced into prostitution once they arrive in the Arab countries whilst men are hardly paid their monthly salary.

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2 thoughts on “Malawi govt warns job recruitment agencies over Kuwait labour export: ‘We will prosecute you!’”

  1. prof. Odiyayo says:

    Arab countries are the seat of Satan. Muluzi was right that the problem of Malawians is that they easily forget where they are coming from. Since Allah, mtendere ukhala kwaiye, created Arabs, they have been human traffickers. They did that during slave trade and in Morocco slave trade is still being practiced. Why do you still trust almbwana. These are agents of Diabulous.

  2. Andy Mwale says:

    True Bwana Patrick. Government should introduce Exit Visas for any Malawian travelling to Kuwait. The visa regime should scrutinise all the paperwork as well as prospective employers in Kuwait before our citizens travel to that country. The Agents sending Malawians to Kuwait should also be made to deposit into a Trust Fund an amount covering an application of a new passport since some employers are cruel and confisticate Malawians passport as well as another amount covering an airticket from Kuwait to Malawi complete with a weeks sustenance fee. Our country has insurmountable problems that requires that we manage our meagre resources prudently. There is therefore no reason for our government to be spending any Tambala to bring stranded citizens back into the country. Food for thought Bwana!

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