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100 Zimbabweans Stranded In Oman

100 Zimbabweans Stranded In Oman

At least 100 Zimbabweans are living in slavery-like conditions in Oman after being recruited on false job promises.

Oman is a country in Western Asia, situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, sharing land borders with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; while sharing maritime borders with Iran and Pakistan.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Aaron Nhepera, told journalists in Harare on Tuesday that 18 cases have hitherto been reported.

Reports indicate that scores of Zimbabwean women who were recruited by agents to work as housemaids in Oman are now stranded and have no means to return home.

Their employers reportedly seized their passports to stop them from escaping and also routinely sexually abuse them.

Nhepera said the Government will engage the Oman government to facilitate the repatriation of the stranded Zimbabweans. He said:

Our prosecution pillar which involves the police and the courts were handling 18 cases.

But we do know that there could be more people that have not reported, but by way of estimation, we think we could be having as many as 100 people in Oman currently.

We are just starting our engagement with the government of Oman. We are doing that through the Foreign Affairs ministry which happens to be part of our committee.

The other resolution we have made is to dispatch an investigation committee to Oman as soon as possible so that they can talk to the 18 victims.

As soon as we have engaged the Oman government to deliberate on these issues, we will start repatriating our people home.

I cannot give you a date. It depends on the progress we make through the engagements.

Why are Zimbabweans going to Oman?

Nhepera suggested various reasons why people go to Oman and end up being enslaved. He said:

The reason why our people are in this situation is because of poverty, not having good jobs and not being well settled in their houses…others are going there because they would have heard of good job opportunities without necessarily scrutinising these places.

We urge Zimbabweans to scrutinise job offers from abroad so that they cannot fall victim to human trafficking.

We also urge citizens to consult our law enforcement agents with regard to information about foreign countries that would have offered jobs to them.

More: NewsDay


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15 Comments

charu 2 months ago

haisiriyo here nyaya yemubhaibheri yekuti rumwe rudzi rwunoshandira rwumwe. imagine the level of racism in these arabian countries.


mzukuru 2 months ago

it is my heartly welcome to this notion of repatriating our fellow country men fron the haws of the enslaver,Please guys you need to check in some of th so called receiving countries its econonic status,GDP,any history of other races who had migrated to those hosting countries ,these modernisation enslavery setup is rampatly increasing at an increasing rate imagine the wird Oman,Kuwait eish u need to suspect some of these Visa sponsorship


THE STREET LAWYER 2 months ago

IN MY OWN UNDERSTANDING IT WIL BE WISE IF THE GVT OF ZIMBABWE DOES SOMETHING TO REPATRIATE THESE FELLOW ZIMBOS IN OMAN.IT IS GOOD TO SEEK FOR GREENER PASTURES BUT ONE MUST ALSO CHECK THE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND TOPOGRAPHY OF THE GRAZING LAND.

KUSINA MAI HAKUENDWE.PENGAUDZOKE UYAMWE.BRING BACK WHATEVER YOU WENT THERE FOR.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE POT HOLE
[THE STREET LAWYER]


P****port 2 months ago

Ah


tentin 2 months ago

Remember, all disporians are economic refuges


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tentin 2 months ago

Where are we heading as a country. Our Chiefs are rolling in the lap of luxury - free cars, free electricity, free houses, free farmers, the list is endless - it's the we eat for, we drink for you, and we will shoot you scenario.

We will wallop in poverty till we all drop down by lottery. Poverty, poverty is the scourage.


povoo 2 months ago

Omen mahwani chaiwo hanzi vakadzi ivava vanzwa nekubatwa chibharo zvakaoma mufunge


p****port 2 months ago

ehe


Mthwakazi republic president 2 months ago

20 million zimbabweans stranded in zimbabwe


Internet... 2 months ago

@Mthwakazi: You hit the mail on the head.

JC Form IV 2 months ago

Hahahahaha!!!

The first statement from Mtwakhazi that I full-heartedly endorse
Well said

Okay 2 months ago

Kul


P****port 2 months ago

is the word and insult? we learn everyday...


Radiant 2 months ago

also asking myself that question

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Hope havasi vaya vekuti kungodhindirwa p****port vototuka Zimbabwe as if Zim is a political party 😀



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