Appearing before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Parliamentary Committee on Wednesday, PS Kamau said the logistical challenges would not allow mass evacuation as is being proposed by some Kenyans as “ndege sio matatu” (a plane is not a PSV vehicle).
He further added that a number of Kenyans living in China have not registered with the Kenyan embassy, which makes tracing impossible.
In an earlier press conference, Kamau said some Kenyans lacked documentation, while others did not want to come back to the country.
Kenyans have been victims of racial discrimination against Africans in China following a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. They have been evicted from their houses, denied entry in hotels as well as public transport.
In the United Arabs Emirates, Ambassador Kariuki Mugwe in a letter dated April 15 asked Kenyans who had not registered with the embassy to do so and indicate whether they want to travel back home.
Mugwe said there are 50,000 Kenyans in the UAE and only 13,000 have registered with the embassy and the consulate.
“We therefore appeal to all Kenyans residents in this country to register with any of our two missions in order to have an accurate number of residents here…. You may also wish to indicate whether you need to travel back home for us to start the process of seeking relevant clearances and approval for the travel,” Ambassador Mugwe said in the notice.
UAE hosts many Kenyans working in various parts of the country.