By Isaac Newton Kinity
Mr. Peter Karis AKA Mwana wa Mary, who has legal documents of stay in Saudi Arabia, was arrested on April 19, 2021 and taken to Sahafah Police Station without any charges. He was taken to court the following day on April 20, 2021, where he was found innocent and released without any charges. But instead of the Police releasing him to go home, they transferred him to Tarhil Deportation Center where he is detained up to this day. No one has explained to him why he was arrested in the first place, and why he is now being detained at the facility.
Mr. Peter is popular in the Arab world, where he has been helping other Kenyans who have had problems with their employers, and many others who have had problems with the job recruitment Agencies in the Arab world, which have been tormenting Kenyans who are recruited to take up jobs there. It has to be understood that for every Kenyan recruited for a job in any of the Arab Nation, a total of Ksh. 3,000,000 is paid to the Agency by the a willing master/employer who aspires to have a helper from Kenya. One of the conditions of paying that large sum of money, is to facilitate a contract of not less than three years of work by the helper at the employers residence without any permission whatsoever, of leaving the premises of work before the expiry of the contract. The other condition is to make sure that all the legal documents, including those of travel belonging to the Kenyan, are confiscated by the partner Agency on arrival and handed over to the employer immediately, only to be released to the Kenyan after the expiry of the contract.
Most employers have been mistreating their helpers, sometimes to the extent of killing them. Mr. Peter and others in the Arab world have always volunteered to help those they find suffering and desperate. He has challenged the torture of Kenyans in the Arab world and he has helped most of them return home to Kenya, to escape the wrath of torture and/or killings by their employers and by the recruitment Agencies. I have called and talked with Mr. Peter Karis and he has told me he has not been briefed over the reason why he is being detained despite having legal documents to stay in Saudi Arabia.
It is suspected that he was arrested on instigation by a Kenyan Diplomat at the Kenyan Embassy in Saudi Arabia called Diplomat Juma, who with certain politicians in Kenya, own a fleet of job recruitment Agencies both, in Kenya and in the Arab world including those in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Peter Karis and many other Kenyans have been complaining about the treatment of the Kenyan job seekers, by those recruitment Agencies, and this might have been the source of his predicament. I have contacted both the Saudi Arabia Government and a number of Human Rights Organizations in the world, and I hope and I pray that Mr. Peter Karis is released to continue with his noble job of helping others in Agony in Saudi Arabia and in other parts of the Arab world, who have found themselves in the Arab World, in their quest to find jobs to help themselves and to help their families back in Kenya, the same way many other Kenyans are doing in many other parts of the world.