Government orders labour firm to refund medics cash

The government has directed labor export firm, Middle East Consultants Limited to refund medical workers it had planned to take abroad all their monies.

The directive follows a botched deal to take nurses, midwives and doctors to Libya for work. The aggrieved medics, represented by lawyer Isaac Semakade from the Centre for Legal Aid, claim they applied for jobs in the Libyan City of Benghazi but they never got, instead they were defrauded more than 200 million shillings by the agency.

The health workers allege that they were duped to pay illegal fees for interviews, medical examination, express passport processing, Interpol clearance, vetting fee and yellow fever vaccination, among other costs.

According to the director of Labour at the Labour ministry, Martin Wandera, the government temporary halted the recruitment to Libya on security grounds after Foreign Affairs ministry indicated Libya wasn’t safe.

But, the managing director of Middle East Consultants Limited, Gordon Mugyenyi, says that he had invested more than 45,000 US Dollars on the Libya deal, adding that he also lost money when it was cancelled.

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