At least 700 Kenyans have lost jobs after Utalii College principal Charles Musyoki disregarded Maritime PS Nancy Karigithus directive to recruit Utalii Alumnis to the Caribbean Cruise Liner.
The Principal went ahead to issue a disclaimer on an advert that was placed urging Kenyans to apply for jobs on the Caribbean Cruise Liner.
In addition to that, he went ahead and evicted a Mauritian National under unclear circumstances.
On Sunday 29th May, at around 5 pm, Mr Chandra SeaPaul who was reportedly a guest of state – was evicted by the Utalii College security team led by Jamar Oketch.
He was recruiting alumni of Utalii College to work in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship.
Several sources at Utalii College said he was in the Country legally and that his documents were okay.
They said he has been around several times and established contacts locally.
However, some complained that despite working to provide hundreds of Kenyans with employment; some people were hell bent on seeing him out of the Country.
Insiders said he had booked a room at Utalii College where he resided for several weeks.
“He was carrying out sensitization seminars for the Alumni, then interviews and help them understand what’s needed in the field,” said a source who requested anonymity.
The source said despite paying his Hotel bills, the Utalii Principal said he is “fake”
When reached for comment, Utalii College Principal Charles Musyoki denied the claims that the man was evicted.
“We would not evict someone from the Hotel. I will find out about this and contact you,” Musyoki said.
The incident reportedly angered Maritime PS Nancy Karigithu.
Last week, the PS said she was “not aware” of the eviction.
On 26th May 2022, the PS wrote to Principal Charles Musyoki asking him to cooperate with several officials in the Maritime sectors that were to carry out recruitment of Kenyans in the cruise shipping sector.
However, the Principal issued a disclaimer warning the public not to participate in the exercise claiming they will be conned.
“We are currently in preliminary talks with another international cruise Liner (Royal Caribbean Cruises) with an intention to recruit in Kenya. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the ongoing discussions and to invite you to partner with us by nominating an officer to work with our technical team on the ground as we prepare to develop a wide talent pool of hospitality staff for ease of orderly recruitment process,”
“Mr Abdallah Hatimy –Technical specialist, State Department for shipping and Maritime and Mr Luke Samba of Kenya Maritime Authority will assist in the coordination, presentations and recruitment of Kenyans, “she said.
The PS asked the Principal to accord them support as they create jobs for Kenyans.
However, Utalii Alumni said the Principal disregarded the PS and went ahead to shamelessly evict the recruiter.
They now want Tourism CS Najib Balala to take action against College Principal Charles Musyoki.
According to the PS, since the launch of the Blue Economy by President Kenyatta in 2008, at least 400 Kenyans have found jobs in several Cruise Liners across the world.
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