Senate to summon Interior and Labour Ministers over First Choice saga!


Judy Jepchirchir Director First Choice Recruitment and Consultancy/Image Courtesy

First Choice Recruitment and Consultancy Agency Director Judy Jepchirchir Thursday, appeared before the Senate Labour and Social Welfare Committee where she was  grilled in a session that began at 10:11am and ended at 2:00pm at the Senate Building.

Appearing before The committee chairperson Julius Murgor  who is also the West Pokot Senator, Judy defended  her  company  against claims of  defrauding  job seekers millions of  shillings with a promise of securing  job opportunities  abroad.

Judy  who has been on the limelight  since last year informed the  committee that out of  over 800 candidates who  were deployed to Qatar for The 2022 Fifa World Cup,close to 700 of  them had  completed their contract in Qatar and had  returned home ,while another 100 were still in the said country under the Two year contract arrangement.

Judy however cited an influx of people to Qatar from different parts of the country occasioned visa processing delays,

victims of the Eldoret-based First Choice Recruitment call for expedited justice


However  some of the  victims decried harassment and threats to life  by the recruitment agency after  failed  attempts to  have their money refunded  after the botched  plan to have job opportunities  abroad.

Elizabeth Ndiema  narrated  before  the  Labour and Social Welfare Committee  how her  family  had  struggled to raise Ksh750,000 in order to secure  a care  giver  job opportunity in the  United  Kingdom,

“we sold  nearly everything we  had  at home , so as to raise this huge amounts of money hoping that once  I had travelled I would help my family get back on its  feet again, however  I haven’t travelled  since  and up to now I still can’t  access my money from the agency , I have only received  threats” She narrated amid  sobs.

Florence Nzuki another victim narrated how he was swindled ksh 437,000 with the promise of heading to Poland, however Nzuki has had his life threatened and  has  a pending  assault  case before  an Eldoret court  against one staff of the agency.

Kimutai Kirui  who petitioned the  Senate on behalf of the  Victim called  for the creation of a Regulatory body to oversee the Recruitment agencies that continue to exploit  Kenyans through the existing gaps in law.

“The power behind these agencies is beyond common people.We petitioned Uasin Gishu county assembly, recommendations were made and nothing happened, Was it a waste of time? Big money, businessmen and senior state officers are involved. They infiltrate or are part of the system, manipulate and control state systems and institutions, Ministry of Labour or National Employment Authority (NEA) must put in place structures to make agencies transparent, accountable and information easily accessible to the public.”

The Chair of the committee Murgor assured that they would be summoning the Interior and Labour Cabinet Secretary to elaborate what steps the government had taken to address the plight of over 8,000 youth who might have lost billions of shillings in the scam.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said it was unfortunate that innocent youth were being intimidated for fighting for their rights after being conned with promises of lucrative jobs abroad.

“The committee will visit Uasin Gishu County to meet with the victims to understand the magnitude of the problem which has led to most families suffering depression after losing money to the agency” He said.

The  committee  urged the  agency to release forthwith any travel documents of the candidates   that it  continued  holding  illegally, the  committee  directed the refund process be  expedited ahead of  its  visit to Eldoret to meet with the  victims.


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