Housekeepers are mistreated as inferior members in the societies, yet the work they do is more vital to all families. According to the maids and house boys complain that are being treated badly mostly by women bosses.
House helpers are most of time undermined in most families in Rwanda because of the nature of the work they do as dish washers, baby sitters and cleaning the house among others.
Housekeepers around Kigali managed to speak with the reporter about their experiences about their work. The house helpers meet different problems which include working long hours and sometimes are beaten and chased without being paid.
“Women tend to mistreat us more than men by naming us funny names and yet we the one who keeps their children when they at work. I have worked as a maid for six years but most of my employers were women who could make me work from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and paid 10000 Rwf only per month, ” UmulisaZerida, a house keeper.
Even though we are paid less salary but we deserve to be respected like any other human being because our work as maids requires a lot of responsibilities which cannot be done by everyone, added by Zerida.
Most of the housekeepers blame women to be bad bosses who only care about their children forgetting maids who spend most of time with children while at work. Normally women should be soft hearted but according to house keepers, it’s better to have a hush boss who is a man than having a woman.
It is estimated that housekeepers in villages are paid 3000 Rwf per month and 10,000-15000 Rwf in Kigali city but house helpers complains that even that little money is not paid at the end of the month but where the boss feels like paying it.
“I worked as a night watch man for a female boss and at the same time a house boy for two months, I would wake up at 4:00pm yet I would sleep at 2:00 pm and I was paid only 6000 Rwf per month which could not even sustain my wife and kids back in Gitarama, ” Aimee Tuyisegye a house boy in Kacyiru sector.
Despite all the problems raised by different housekeepers for being treated badly in homes and discriminated, on the other hand employers believe that some of the house keepers are also complicated.
According to Joy Murungi, who employs two housekeepers said “Yeah it’s true female bosses treat bad their maids but not to all families and even these house helpers after spending two months working she or he starts associating with other maids around and forgets the job”
House helpers argue that the government should look into their problems because they are sometimes beaten, not paid, chased any time and no one listens to them.
The government should work with the local leaders to make sure that all housekeepers around the cells are registered at sector level with their employers, because this might help officials to monitor such incidences in homes.