Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower DevelopmentHenry Mussa says it will take time before the 13 girls stranded in Kuwait after they went to work in the oil rich country, comes back to Malawi saying they are facing court charges.
Mussa said the job agents that flew and found jobs as maids in the Arab country, are demanding back planes fares, visa money and transport money from the airport in Kuwait where they landed to their respective work places.
“The girls have no money so we as government are working out on the refunds,” said Mussa.
He said he went meet each of the girls who complained that they did not have off days, lunch and worked very long hours.
“As maids, they were working in residences, not the residences we know in Malawi but palaces, two and more storeys, just one person cleaning,” he said.
He said the government has since cancelled labour related visa for Arab countries, saying there are many girls of other nationalities facing same problems in Kuwait.
Mussa described as the working conditions for maids in Kuwait as harsh.
He said the problem was compunded by the fact that the girls were lured to Kuwait by illegal foreign job companies operated by people from Cameroon and Ghana.