Gospel singer Jimmy Gait has weighed in on the mistreatment of Kenyan immigrant workers in the Middle East.
Gait, who runs a recruitment agency that places Kenyans in jobs abroad, claimed that indiscipline was the main reason why Kenyan domestic workers are abused by their employers in Gulf.
Speaking during an interview on K24 TV on Friday, the 39-year-old alleged that some of the victims steal from their employers while others sleep with their husbands.
“Number one reason is indiscipline. These ladies go stealing from the Arabs and some even sleeping with other people’s husbands. The moment you start sleeping with your boss is showing him/her how weak you are,” Gait said.
He added: “Before I started this initiative, I had the same mentality. I would encourage anyone who would like to go there to go. There’s always a story behind a story but when these ladies come out and speak about their mistreatment, you don’t get to hear why.”
He added that many Kenyans who travel to Gulf countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia for work prosper and that only a small fraction are ill-treated. Gait stated that most of the victims are ladies because men are more “sexually responsible.”
“Very small fraction comes out with those horrific narratives but the stories spread so fast because they are shared online.”
He continued: “There are so many Kenyan men working in the Middle East in Saudi, Qatar, Dubai the reason you don’t hear about men being mistreated is that they do not go sleeping with their bosses’ wives.”
Gait also admitted that Kenyan ladies are mishandled because some rogue agencies cut corners and fail to follow the government’s protocols.