HELB defaulters to be forced by police force to recover 7billion

Education CS Amina Mohamed and HELB boss Charles Ringera

Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has on Wednesday announced revamped mechanism to recover billions that beneficiaries owe the body.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said HELB is forced to partner with police and other crime busters to recover over 7.2 billion owed by 74,000 defaulters.

Education CS Amina Mohammed

The crackdown that will probably cause distress among the defaulters would start any time and employers were urged to help in tracking them.

“We are also going to partner with our law enforcement agencies to track down those holding jobs and yet are reluctant to stand up to be counted as responsible and patriotic citizens who honour their debts,” she said.

Ms Mohamed said the government plans to track graduates work in the digital space and have defaulted on their loans.

Helb chief executive Charles Ringera said they are also seeking to partner with the Foreign Affairs ministry to track defaulters in the diaspora.

“We are having a large number of graduates leaving the country to work abroad majority who have defaulted,” Mr Ringera said.

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