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6 Aug 2021

Kenyan agency United Manpower allegedly "refused pleas" of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia abused by employer & who died in detention; incl. co. response

Kenyan woman Melvin Kang’ereha died in Saudi Arabia in 2020 after gaining employment as a domestic worker through recruitment agency United Manpower services.

In July 2021, Godfrey Otsotsi MP rejected the official explanation that Kang’ereha died of natural causes in prison, alleging that he had evidence and a witness to the abuse and mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her private employer. Kang’ereha had reportedly contacted United Manpower for help to return to Kenya; instead, she was transferred to another employer and subsequently imprisoned.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contacted United Manpower to invite them to respond to the allegations. The agency stated that the case has been referred to the National Employment Authority; it can be read in full below.