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More leaders tear into CS Amina Mohamed over HELB defaulters remarks

On Wednesday 20th February, Education CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed stated that the ministry will now work with the police to arrest and bring to book over 74,000 Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loan defaulters.

A statement that has not gone down well with many Kenyan youth and leaders as well.

First, it was Nairobi County Senator, Johnson Sakaja, who termed this as discriminatory, unlawful and criminal.

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On the other hand, the Youth Congress asked the CS to apologize over the remarks and clarify that they were her own sentiments and not the stand of the government.

“We demand that the Cabinet Secretary immediately withdraws the statement and tender an appropriate apology and clarification that this does not represent the position of the government. Deploying police to arrest HELB defaulters is to ignore the real problem, which is unemployment. Also, the unfortunate statement amounts to criminalization of poverty,” said Obonyo

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Raphael Obonyo. Co-founder of Youth Congress

Prof. David Ndii, decorated Economist and Former Strategist for National Super Alliance (NASA), termed those behind this decision as ‘sick’ and then provided a radical solution to the problem.

Known for his economic mindset, he went ahead to use data to prove his stand.

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Prof. Ndii provided the table showing distribution of unemployment

Despite the Constitution of Kenya providing for youth employment, the numbers of unemployed youths keeps souring and has been blamed for many cases of insecurity, HELB defaulting, social crimes et al.

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