When Education Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohammed announced Thursday that the Higher Education Loans Board would be working hand-in-hand with police to recover student loan defaulters, some were unshaken.
Ms Mohamed said Sh7.2 billion owed by 74,000 defaulters would be recovered through the help of police and employers.
But jobless Kenyans, who were beneficiaries of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) funds, have accused the government of being the reason why they were defaulting on payments.
Many described how, since graduating, they have been able to secure jobs because the government’s promise to create employment has never been honoured.
Kendi Maina wrote, “HELB you do not need to hunt me down .Am returning my degree coz it’s not working. You can sell it and get your money back. Thanks.”
Come and arrest us
Felix Makinda O’Mogendi stated, “Hahaa! Come arrest us. Some of us are too broke to even pay rent. Kindly take us in and feed us.”
Koech Koech commented, “Don’t even hunt for me. Tuma G4S hapa Bomet wakujie Certificate…silipii hizo takataka.”
Mucangi Vincent added, “Offer us job to be able to pay…ama mnunue kidney.”