Chelugui issues warning to rogue job recruitment agencies

Thursday, June 30th, 2022 01:00 | By
CS Labour Simon Chelugui PHOTO/Courtesy

All private recruitment agencies involved in job linkages and transportation of workers abroad will required to register with the National Employment Authority (NEA), Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said yesterday.

Warning that anyone who bypasses the requirement process would be treated as a terror operative, Chelugui said the government will ruthlessly deal with errant players.

He said Kenya had discovered that some agencies were involved in transporting youth to join terror cells abroad.

“Let this serve as a warning to any agency that is planning to flout the laid down procedures... our Ministry together with the inter-ministerial committee that vet private recruitment agencies will continue to do its work without fear or favour, until we bring sanity in this sector,” said the CS.

He was speaking during the official launch of the oversight and community feedback mechanism and the toll free line in the recruitment industry in Mombasa on Wednesday.

Chelugui (pictured) said only 40 per cent of private recruitment agencies operating in Kenya were registered with National Employment Authority.

“The Ministry of Labour will continue to registered those agencies who meet their registration requirements, but those who do not meet the requirements, will also be given time to comply. However, for those who want to operate in the underworld, your days are numbered because the government will soon catch up with you and appropriate action will be taken against you,” said Chelugui.

He said that while the government appreciates the positive role private recruitment agencies play in the migration cycle, some were operating unethically and illegally.

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