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Prime Cabinet Secretary and CS of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi revealed before the Senate on Wednesday, July 10, that 316 Kenyans have died in various Gulf States since 2002.

Mudavadi provided a breakdown of the death toll across different countries: 166 in Saudi Arabia, 58 in Qatar, 51 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 25 in Iraq, 10 in Bahrain, and 6 in Kuwait. He noted that Oman and Iran reported no Kenyan deaths.

Addressing the Senate, Mudavadi outlined his ministry’s procedures to support families who have lost loved ones overseas.

“The ministry is in touch with employers, local and foreign recruitment agents to gather information about the deceased and their next of kin,” he explained. “The ministry also follows up on work benefits and conducts post-mortems and police investigations to determine the cause of death.”

Mudavadi also highlighted that approximately 416,548 Kenyans are currently employed in Gulf states. Saudi Arabia hosts the largest number with 310,266 workers, followed by Qatar (66,025) and the UAE (23,000). Smaller numbers of Kenyans work in Bahrain (8,000), Oman (5,392), Kuwait (3,515), Iran (200), and Iraq (150).

He acknowledged challenges in maintaining accurate records, noting that not all Kenyans abroad register with the missions despite encouragement to do so.

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