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Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua has urged Kenyans living, studying and working abroad to avoid getting in trouble with authorities in their host nations by respecting laws.
Noting that the newly created Department for Diaspora Affairs will address the plight of the diaspora community, Mutua said Kenyans abroad need to be conversant, respect and adhere to the host countries’ laws and visa conditions to avoid trouble.
“If you go to a country that has 200,000 Kenyans and 10 are in a bad state, you have to ask yourselves why these 10 and why not over 190,900 Kenyans? We need to ask ourselves if it is isolated or it is common. It is deeper than you think; it is not superficial as many may want to see it,” Mutua noted.
He added: “We would not like seeing people coming back in a bad state, but we need to ask ourselves why people tend to come back in a bad state. If you are a Kenyan student or a Kenyan worker, if you go to another country, please that is not your country, please observe the laws of that country. If you have a problem with the laws of that country, please get onto the next plane and come back home. Don’t go to another country and break the laws or attempt to change the laws,” he said.
Further, the cabinet secretary urged Kenyan migrant workers to maintain their immigration status to avoid running into trouble with their employers.
“If your visa says that you work for this particular person, don’t work for another unless you change your immigration status because you are breaking the laws,” he added.
Mutua also said his ministry is working to strengthen the status of the Kenyan passport so that Kenyans can gain entry to more countries visa-free.
“We will be able to do this if Kenyans go to these countries and respect the laws of those countries. We hope that soon, as we talk with the French government (so) that Kenyans are able to travel to France for holidays without requiring a visa because other people have been able to do that,” he remarked.
Mutua, nobody sane will argue with you on that.Yes you should abide by the laws of the host country.That's no brainer.One unfortunate fact of reality is that,for every 200,000 kenyans or so in dispora, there will at least be 10% or so law breakers.All diaspora are not saints.And nobody in their right mind would think that they should be...
My concern is how do you address the inhumane treatment we read all the time emanating from the oil rich arab states?
When are Government officials who are part of the international Human trafficking ring going to be arrested for sending Kenyans to die in Saudia Arabia.
Human Traffickers like Moses Kuria.
You have no authority to advise us. You break our own laws with impunity and then come abroad to lecture is? Deal first with corruption in Kenya.
This advice from this guy is sick and no brainer. What kind of advice is this. I personally been in and out of abroad for over 20 yrs. Sick advice
Instead of saying what this useless government is doing so Kenyans dong have to go overseas they’re making room for more to go. Shenzi type
I used to respect Mutua but not any more! He is just like any other greedy politician in Kenya; and working fir most corrupt government in the world! I wonder who he is advising since he breaks the very set laws in his shamba la wanyama country of Kenya. Is it not criminal to cheat ex-wise Lilian of property she jointly bought with Mutua? Huyu Mutua ni ndomo tupu.
Sikieni hii nyani😀😀. Who the heck is ge advising? Ati don’t break the law you better go back to shithole countries. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Atajua hajui kitu. Or maybe anaongea kuhusu wenye wako South Africa na akina warabu countries bus US si kama hapa kweetu maai mahiu….ati wenye mko majuu you behave well ndio jinanya kenya isiharibike. And by the way when you are still at it….mtutumie pesa. Ati work very hard and be very quiet. Hata anything ikiwe unfair msiongee wasee. We need your money and a good name for kenya