Diana Chepkemoi: Didmus Barasa comes to aid of Meru University student held against her will in Saudi Arabia

for Tv47 Digital September 03, 2022, 04:16 PM
Diana Chepkemoi
Photo combination of Meru University student Diana Chepkemoi who is stranded in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO/FILE

In Summary

  • According to the lawmaker, Diana has since been taken to hospital for treatment and assessment and they were waiting to see the medical report tomorrow for further action.

  • Her sister, Lorrain Cheptoo, had disclosed that Chepkemoi was a student at Meru University pursuing food science and management before leaving the country in January 2021 in search of greener pastures.

Appeals by the family of Diana Chepkemoi, who is being held against her will by her employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to have her brought back into the country finally look to have bore fruit.

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa says he has gotten in touch with the family as well as Labour CS Simon Chelugui over the matter.

"Am glad to report that I have gotten in touch with Mama Clara Maritim, the mother to Diana Chepkemoi. I have also received information from CS Simon Chelugui, CS Labor whom I am in direct communication with," reads a post on his Facebook account.

According to the lawmaker, Diana has since been taken to hospital for treatment and assessment and they were waiting to see the medical report tomorrow for further action.

"A physical visit to the hospital has been arranged tomorrow by our commercial attache to ascertain her health condition," continues his post.

The medical assessment will confirm her suitability to fly back home.

Processing of her exit Visa is also currently underway according to MP Barasa.

"This has been confirmed by amb. Ogego in Riyadh. Diana will be here soon," continues Barasa.

Stranded in Riyadh

Her sister Lorrain Cheptoo had disclosed that Chepkemoi was a student at Meru University pursuing food science and management before leaving the country in January 2021 in search of greener pastures.

"Diana is the second born in our family, she was pursuing food science and management before she deferred her studies because of financial issues. She looked for ways to make a living until mid-last year she got an opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker," said Cheptoo.

Everything was all good up until July when Chepkemoi's boss is said to have confiscated all her documents and mobile phone thus making communication between her and her family hard.

Cheptoo says that her sister fell sick in the later months of 2021 but she was denied access to medical attention as her boss insisted that she must complete her work as per the terms of their contract.

"We tried to talk to the boss and he said Diana is yet to complete her working days as per the contract she signed and is now holding her hostage. Once you see those photos circulating online, you will agree that my sister needs all the help she can get immediately, I am scared she might not make it home alive," she added.

Chepkemoi's agent Susan Makungu who facilitated her flight to Saudi says that the agency has tried its level best but its efforts have been futile so far.

"Diana's case is taking long because I am told she works for a high-profile individual and the authority there are scared to access the home. I am ready to pay the air ticket, I am waiting for foreign affairs and the Kenyan embassy to go to the house and give her an exit. She is not lying she is speaking the truth, she is sick and they are mistreating her," Makungu told a local publication.

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