Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe has explained that sending over 1,000 youths to the Gulf region to work as maids, drivers, waiters and waitresses is part of the PF government’s job creation strategy.
Speaking on Sunday during a PF interactive Forum at Chrismar Hotel, Mrs. Mwanakatwe who is also Chairperson for Commerce in the Central Committee of the Patriotic Front said the PF promised jobs for Zambian youths and is now delivering.
“When we say PF is creating employment this is what we mean,” Mrs Mwanakatwe said.
She announced that Government has secured 1,000 jobs per year in the gulf region, for waiters, waitresses, drivers and maids.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said the PF government has collaborated with the Gulf region to send 1,000 Zambians per year to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates to work as waiters, waitresses, drivers and maids.
She stated that the PF promised the Zambian people jobs as outlined in its manifesto and that an opportunity had arisen for many ordinary Zambians to travel abroad for work in an honest and safe manner.
The Finance Minister stated that men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and who are able to speak and write in English with a genuine grade 12 certificate, a valid passport and a driver’s licence in the case of drivers, are encouraged to apply.
She further stated that the salary plus commission they would be getting as drivers and maids ranges between K10,000 and K15,000.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe urged all well-meaning citizens who are in need of a job and meet the set criteria to apply so that they can go and make an honest living which will enable them help their families back home in Zambia.
She further stated that many people had gone abroad to do similar kind of jobs and had gone missing but that going in a coordinated manner under the government program offered security as government departments such as the Immigration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would all be involved and that everyone leaving would be monitored in their country of posting which provides safety for them.
Last year the BBC reported that many African and Asian countries have banned the recruitment of domestic workers for countries in the Middle East who subscribe to the “kafala” system.
Under the system, foreign maids are legally bound to their employer and have limited rights.
Employers can take advantage of their position and many women are overworked, underpaid and physically abused.
Testimonies from women who escaped and private recordings show a world of powerlessness and abuse, hidden behind closed doors.