Kuwait rejects 3,500 Kenyans after failing basic test in Ruto Jobs deal for skilled labour transfer in Middle East countries.
Over 5,000 Kenyans had applied for the jobs President William Ruto’s administration negotiated.
However, Halima Mahmoud, Kenya’s ambassador to Kuwait, said that just 1,500 candidates were successful and will visit the Middle Eastern nation in December 2023.
Only thirty percent of the Kenyans who had expressed interest in skilled jobs were able to pass the admission tests and prove their technical competence for the positions they were seeking.
The number of Kenyans traveling to Kuwait will increase significantly in 2024 after the Kenyan government signs a deal to export domestic workers.
Kenya is yet to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Kuwait to kickstart the process of recruiting domestic workers.
The delay in signing the MoU was attributed to the recent cabinet reshuffle that saw Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua moved to the Tourism docket.
At the time of the reshuffle in October, Mutua was expected to travel to Kuwait to finalize the deal.
Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi who now heads the Foreign Affairs docket is yet to announce when the deal will be signed.
Apart from seeking domestic job opportunities, Musalia will further lobby for direct flights between the two countries.
Ambassador Mahmoud remarked that Kuwait will continue seeking skilled workers from Kenya despite the huge number of applicants failing the test.
In June, Ruto announced that Kenya was seeking to send 1 million Kenyans to work abroad.