Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) nominee Alfred Mutua intends to end the suffering of Kenyans in the Middle East once cleared to take his position.
Mutua opened up about his plan when he faced the parliamentary vetting panel at Town Hall on Monday, October 17, 2022.
Mutua told the vetting committee that he plans to immediately fly to the Middle East after he is approved and sworn in as the Foreign Affairs CS.
He further called on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to be involved the in the investigations of suspicious deaths of Kenyans in the Gulf countries.
The former Machakos governor also noted that Saudi Arabia is a friendly country and the Kingdom is not involved in the suspicious murders and mistreatments of Kenyans.
"It is unfortunate that they are being mistreated. We have lost 85 Kenyans in the last three months. This is because there is a systematic failure in recruitment. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is friendly and is not involved," Mutua said.
"There has been a lot of victim-blaming and if cleared, I will ensure to work with the Labour Ministry to ensure stringent measures are put in place to stop this . We will investigate the deaths and will send a message to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book," he added.
The Foreign Affairs CS nominee revealed that he was worth Ksh420 million in his opening. He said his wealth comprises hotels, apartments and businesses.
All Cabinet nominees who were grilled on Monday disclosed how much they are worth. So far it has emerged that Prime Cabinet Secretary nominee Musalia Mudavadi is the richest.
Speaking on Monday, Mudavadi disclosed that he was worth Ksh4 billion.
"If I take my investment in shares in some companies and also properties that I own I would put my net worth at about Ksh4 billion," he said.
He added that his current and anticipated income are from rental income, dividends from shareholding, interests and other expenses that come from the farm.
Mudavadi was the first to face the vetting panel.