1 January 2013

Tanzania: No Visas for Loan Defaulters

THE Higher Education Students' Loans Board (HESLB) has requested Immigration Department in the Home Affairs Ministry to reject any application for visas and passports to citizens, who have defaulted to repay their loans dues.

The HESLB Executive Director, George Nyatega, told the 'Daily News' that the Immigration Department has assured the Board that it would work on the request and would soon send the names of loan defaulters to all border posts, including airports.

"Yes, we have requested the Immigration Department to deny visas and passport applications to loan defaulters. It is over six months now since we petitioned the Department, as one means of forcing loan defaulters to repay their dues," he said. Mr Nyatega added, "In principle, the Department has accepted our request.

They (Imigration Department) had requested for the data base of names of defaulters so that they can dispatch them to border posts. We have already given them."

According to him, the Board has also started taking legal action against all those who did not comply with the requirements of the notice dated January 19, 2012, in respect of furnishing information regarding their whereabouts that would facilitate repayment of their loans.

He said that they have already filed cases at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam. An advertisement published yesterday shows that the first group of defaulters whose cases are pending involves 32 people.

"The intention of the Board is to take such legal action against all loan defaulters who were previously published but did not comply with the notice. In this regard, the Board shall be instituting court cases against loan defaulters in groups," the advertisement reads in part.

To avoid further processing of court cases, according to the Board, all loan defaulters whose court cases are in the process of being filed, may intervene the process by availing the Board with their information that would facilitate loan repayment.

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