Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Alfred Mutua has instructed the High Commission in Dar es Salaam to assist a Kenyan detained in Tanzania.
Reacting on Twitter, CS Mutua said he had I noted the online clip of Kenyan Fredrick Omondi, who is being held in Tanzania.
“I have directed our TZ team to find out the whole story and to assist him. As I had said earlier, Every Kenyan who is outside Kenya will receive attention and support regardless of the situation,” the CS said.
Omondi’s audio clip went viral on Monday after content creator Abel Mutua shared his story.
In the clip, Omondi, a human resource practitioner, narrates how he got to Tanzania and how he got into trouble, ending up in jail.
In his narration, Omondi said his troubles started after his first employer, who poached him from the Grift Rift Valley Lodge, died during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The deceased had hired him to oversee the establishment of a multi-million project in Tanzania.
It after this, he said, that the deceased’s last-born son accused him of stealing construction materials. Despite relocating to another town in Tanzania, the employer allegedly followed him and took over his established business.
“I opened a pharmacy which cost me nearly Sh1.5 million, for which I even have transaction receipts. This guy went on and took the pharmacy, claiming that I used their money to establish it,” he said.
He was detained in a police station and had his passport confiscated.
Without a work permit, which is stamped on the passport, he said, rendered him him jobless as he could not conduct any financial transactions in the foreign country.
” I now cannot work in this country because I need a work permit to work which is stuck on the passport, and yet they are holding on to my passport,” he said.
He also had to deal with a bill of Sh700, 000 hospital bill after the woman he was with in Tanzania gave birth with complications. The baby died.
Omondi pleaded that the government of Kenya assists him, as the court process in Tanzania was unfairly treating him.