After Mungu, ogopa KOT! That’s something most people online know, even from other countries, but apparently haikufikia HELB. This lesson was learned the hard way recently after they posted a statement on the official HELB Twitter account. In it was a notice to loan defaulters to pay up or HELB would publish the names and pictures of all 85,000 of them in the local newspapers within 30 days. Furthermore, HELB would also consider legal action against each defaulter if nothing was done.
NOTICE: PUBLISHING HELB UNIVERSITY LOAN DEFAULTERS pic.twitter.com/cmrsaOOdYp
— OFFICIAL HELB PAGE (@HELBpage) November 19, 2019
KOT did not take kindly to this news of naming and shaming loan defaulters. Most Kenyans on Twitter chose to call their bluff and even shared photos ‘that showed off their good side’ to be published. Others questioned the wisdom of publishing all those names and pictures of loan defaulters which would require a lot of money being paid to newspapers. Instead, as they pointed out, this money would be better used to offset some of those loans.
Finally ntatokea Kwa gazeti 😁😁😁 I can't even wait 🤪🤪
— MMusumba Martin 🇰🇪 (@MMusumba1) November 19, 2019
Where will you print the names and photos of all 85000 defaulters? How many newspapers? It should be illegal to waste this much public money on a futile mission.
— Bironga O'Makori🇰🇪 (@chadbironga) November 19, 2019
Here is my mugshot! Top right corner in the dailies. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/1ZR48WqHuL
— BRIAN BOS (@bosobonyo) November 19, 2019
Please ensure you request a clear picture of me don't rely on the ID pics for heaven's sake
— Sitini (@jose60_mmoja) November 19, 2019
85,000 HELB defaulters to be published. Each newspaper page can hold 48 pics of individuals, that's 1,771 pages. Each will cost circa 600K. Total cost, Shs.1,062,600,000 before the cost is inflated of course. Cost-benefit analysis? Good luck with your collection. #HELB
— Kimaru Tepeny (@ktepeny) November 18, 2019
Please Helb I have a nice photo that you can use in the newspapers. pic.twitter.com/zEiYxbiAdU
— janeth chebet (@janethchebet) November 18, 2019
The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) is ‘a State corporation which provides loans, bursaries to Kenyan students pursuing higher education in recognized institutions of higher learning and to recover loaned out funds from the beneficiaries.’ In an ideal world, loan beneficiaries are supposed to finish their higher education and get jobs which would then enable them to pay off their loans. However, that rarely happens, which is part of the reason why there is such a huge number of HELB loan defaulters currently.
The same government which has failed to provide job opportunities to graduates wants to publish their names as loan defaulters. #Helb should use the money intended for publishing names to offset some of the loan.
— Louis Allan Okwaro (@louis_okwaro) November 20, 2019
The Kenyatta Trust should clear all the HELB loans if they are serious about empowering the youth.
"Give a man a loan & you enslave him, clear his loan & you free him" ~ Anonymous 😂😂😂
— Wambui (@Waambui) November 18, 2019
2019 govt writes off 24.2bn KQ loan.
2016 govt writes off 2.4bn loan owed by coffee farmers, Kirinyaga.
2013 govt writes off 40bn loan owed by Sugar Milling cartels.
2019 Kenyan govt publishes NAMES AND PICTURES OF ALL UNEMPLOYED GRADUATES WHO HAVE NOT REPAID HELB LOANS!
— KING KAKA (@RabbitTheKing) November 18, 2019
As for the threat to publish all the names and pictures of HELB loan defaulters, KOT keeps daring and trolling HELB to do their worst as the 30-day deadline approaches.
HELB photoshoot at Jevanjee this Saturday.
Charges: 100 baab per head.
We must be seen.#stolen.
— Brian Murimi (@IBrianMurimi) November 19, 2019
— Josphat Machagua (@JosphatMachagua) November 19, 2019
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